Collection Data

The collection depicts African Americans who were victims of lynching, mostly in the Southern United States from the 1930s to the early 1950s.The collection consists of views of lynching victims hanging from trees; a man who was lynched by a white mob while alledgedly in police custody; the bodies of two married couples, lynched by a white mob, being viewed by mourners in a funeral parlor; morgue photographs of a lynching victim and views of his grieving family; two prisoners who were shot by a white police officer while being transported by the officer to a site to have their rape convictions retried; and groups of white people who either participated in or observed a lynching. Also included are reproductions of newspaper articles (1867 and 1919 ) about mob violence against African Americans in the South.
Hawkins, Herbert (Photographer)
Acme Newspictures (New York, N.Y.) (Publisher)
Associated Press (Photographer)
International News Photos (New York, N.Y.) (Photographer)
Keystone Pictures (New York, N.Y.) (Photographer)
Wide World Photos, Inc (Photographer)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1930 - 1951
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division
Shelf locator: Sc Photo Lynching
Lynchings -- United States
African Americans -- Crimes against
Hanging -- United States
United States -- Race relations
Content: Title devised by cataloger.
Content: Collection contains work by Acme Newspictures, the Associated Press, Herbert Hawkins, International News Photos, Keystone Pictures and Wide World Photos.
Physical Description
Extent: 17 items (8 folders)
Extent: 15 photographic prints :gelatin silver, b&w ;21 x 26 cm. and smaller.
Extent: 1 stat :b&w ;16 x 14 cm.
Extent: 1 photomechanical print :b&w ;19 x 19 cm.
Some photographs bear photographer's, photography studio's or photo agency's handstamp on verso. Some items bear handwritten notations on verso and/or printed caption labels attached to verso; some items bear printed captions on recto. Some items bear cropping or retouching marks; some items have been cropped.
Gelatin silver prints
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b16191416
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): d6bf2ae0-7ff0-0137-6258-756da83bca96
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