Lynching in the United States [18+]
Lynching is a practice of murdering people by extrajudicial mob action. It occurred in the United States mostly from the late 18th century until the 1960s. Some sources estimate that between 1882 and 1968, 4742 African Americans were killed because of the lynchings. Check out these photos showing lynching in America.
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1. Black man being tortured, Mississippi, 1937.
2. The lynching of Sam Hose, a.k.a. Sam Holt, Georgia, 1899.
Hose was lynched for the murder of Alfred Cranford. It was never proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Holt was the murderer but he was lynched anyway.
3. Spectators photographed with the charred corpse of Jesse Washington after his lynching in Waco, Texas, May 15, 1916.
Washington, a 17 year old mentally retarded African American farmhand, was lynched after his conviction for the murder of a local woman.
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5. Frank Embree shortly before his lynching, Fayette, Missouri, 1899.
He was accused of raping a 14-year-old white girl and only confessed after being whipped over 100 times.
6. A prisoner is tied around a pickaxe for punishment in a Georgia labor camp in the early 1930s.
7. Race Riots in Detroit, Michigan (1943).
Two white young men help a badly beaten black man during the Detroit race riots. June 21, 1943.
9. The Lynching of Claude Neal, Greenwood, Florida, 1934.
10. Rosewood massacre, Levy County, Florida, 1923.
11. The lynching of Lawrence W. Nelson, May 25, 1911 in Okemah, Oklahoma.
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14. Birmingham Dog Attacks.
15. African American soldiers were lynched for wearing their uniforms when they returned to the U.S.
16. Unidentified Man and Two Women Lynched.
17. Two Blacks lynched for an alleged murder in Winona, Mississippi, April 1937.
18. Photo unknown.
19. January 12, 1916.
20. The lynching of 15 year old Jesse Washington, Robinson, Texas, 1916.
On May 8, 1916, Lucy Fryer, a white woman, was murdered in Robinson, seven miles from Waco. Washington, a laborer on her farm, confessed to the murder. He was beaten with shovels and bricks,was castrated, and his ears were cut off.
21. Postcard of lynching.
Reverse reads: “This is the barbecue we had last night. My picture is to the left with a cross over it. Your son, Joe”
22. Two African American men confined in a Delaware pillory above a whipping post.
Spectators to the punishment loiter in the background. 1889.
23. Victim of the Ku Klux Klan, 1920s.
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27. Black children lynched only for being black, 1920s.
28. Lynching of Charlie Hale on the courthouse square at the corner of Perry and Pike Streets, Lawrenceville, Georgia, 1911.
Note the sign hanging from his toes:“Please do not wake him”. At far left is Jack Mathis,and the boy is Herbert Strayhorn.
29. Lynching of Claude Neal, Marianna, Florida, 1934.
The young black man was lynched after confessing to the murder of Lola Cannidy.
30. Lynching of Frank Embree, July 22, 1899.
He was falsly accused of a crime, handcuffed and stripped nude and whipped before a white mob. He was then lynched and castrated and then front, back and before and after images of his murder were sold as postcards.
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32. Black man being forced to kiss the foot of some white man.
33. The lynching of 16 year old Lige Daniels, Center, Texas, 1920.
34. The lynching of Dick Robinson and a man named Thompson. October 6, 1906, Pritchard Station, Alabama.
35. The lynching of Joseph Richardson, September 26, 1913.
On September 26th, 1913, a man named Joseph Richardson was lynched by a mob in the town square in Leitchfield, Kentucky. He had been accused of assualting an eleven year old white girl. According to a newspaper report, “the little girl was on her way to school when she was attacked by the negro who was frightened away by approach of the neighbors.” This photo was printed on postcards and sold door-to-door. Subsequent investigation determined that Richardson was the local drunk; he had “merely stumbled into the child, and not even torn her dress.”
36. Lynched African American man hanging from tree in the United States, 1928.
37. Black man hanging from a tree, Floyd County area.
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.
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39. Laura Nelson was lynched on May 23, 1911 in Oklahoma.
40. The 1981 lynching of Michael Donald by a Ku Klux Klan group.
41. African-American lynched by white mob during the “Red Summer”, Omaha, Nebraska, September 28, 1919.
42. A postcard of a Duluth lynchings, Minnesota, June 15, 1920
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44. Souvenir Postcard of Lee Hall, lynched in a trash dump in Wrightsville, Georgia.
His ears were cut off, and his body riddled with bullets.