Saturday, May 31, 2008
Lynching of Young Blacks (USA)
This is a famous picture, taken in Marion (Indiana) on 7 August 1930 by Lawrence Beitler, showing two young black men accused of raping a white girl, hanged by a mob of 10,000 white men. The mob took them, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, by force from the county jailhouse. Another black man, James Cameron, was saved from lynching by the girl’s uncle who said he was innocent. Even if lynching photos were designed to boost white supremacy, the tortured bodies and grotesquely happy crowds ended up revolting many.
The incident is notable as the last confirmed black lynching in the Northern United States.