Postcard of a Lynching

Postcard of a Lynching Text written on the back of the postcard – “This is the barbecue we had last night, my picture is to the left with a cross over it. Your son, Joe”

AMERICAN LYNCHING

  In the last decades of the nineteenth century, the lynching of Black people in the Southern and border states became an institutionalized method used by whites to terrorize Blacks and maintain white supremacy. In the South, during the period 1880 to 1940, there was deep-seated and all-pervading hatred and fear of the Negro which […]

Duluth Lynching (1930)

A pivotal moment in Minnesota race relations On the evening of June 15, 1920, Isaac McGhie, Elmer Jackson, and Elias Clayton–three young African American men who had been accused of raping a white woman–were pulled from their jail cells in Duluth, Minnesota, and lynched by a mob of thousands of people. The United States was […]

INDIANA COLLECTION: “Lawrence Beitler Lynching” (1930)

Lawrence Beitler took this iconic photograph on August 7, 1930 in Marion, Indiana. It showed the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, two young black men from the John Robinson show circus accused by a teenager of raping his white girlfriend (This accusation was subsequently found to be a lie). A mob of 10,000 […]

Hanging the Conspirators (1865)

Washington, D.C. Hanging hooded bodies of the four conspirators; crowd departing. Washington, D.C. Gen. John F. Hartranft and staff, responsible for securing the conspirators at the Arsenal. Washington, D.C. Coffins and open graves ready for the conspirators’ bodies at right of scaffold.

Lawrenceville Lynching (1911)

Lawrenceville, April 7, 1911. Lynching of Charlie Hale, a black man, on the courthouse square at the corner of Perry and Pike Streets. Note the sign hanging from his toes: “Please do not wake him.” At far left is Jack Mathis, and the boy is Herbert Strayhorn.

Floyd County Lynching (1913-19)

Floyd County area, 1913-1919? Black man hanging from a tree. No data on whether he was hung legally or lynched. Other blacks seen in the background. Several houses and an outhouse seen in the background, too.