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Without Sanctuary Lynchings in America
A Nationwide Epidemic
LEFT: 1930 lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Marion, Indiana. Shipp and Smith were African American men who were taken from jail by a mob, beaten then lynched on 7 August 1930. RIGHT: A scene that was far too common throughout the south and probably one that served to inspire Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit: Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.
LEFT: A large mob attends an 1882 lynching; location unknown. RIGHT: The charred corpse of Jesse Washington on display in Robinson, Texas, after he was lynched in nearby Waco, Texas, on May 16, 1916
LEFT: A postcard showing the 1920 Duluth, Minnesota lynchings RIGHT: Spectators at the lynching of Jesse Washington, one man raised for a better view. May 16, 1916, Waco, Texas.
ABOVE: The lynching of Laura Nelson in Okemah, Oklahoma, on May 25, 1911 RIGHT: Bennie Simmons, alive, soaked in coal oil before being set on fire. June 13, 1913. Anadarko, Oklahoma. Gelatin silver print. Real photo postcard. 31/4 x 5 in. Itched into negative, “Edies Photo Anadarko Oklo”.
ABOVE: The lynching of Laura Nelson in Okemah, Oklahoma, on May 25, 1911 ABOVE: The corpses of three Georgia men hanging from a tree after being lynched in May 1892.
ABOVE: Lynching of Rubin Stacy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1935 LEFT: Klansmen (KKK) with an unidentified victim, date unknown
The last recorded lynching was on the 21 st of March, 1981. The young man’s name was Michael Donald, and he was lynched at the age of 19 in Delaware by members of the KKK.