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The Story behind the most Iconic Photograph of Lynching in America!

Posted By Levi

August 26th, 2013 7:34pm


Over the years I have seen this photograph many, many times and I am sure, so have you. It represents the barbarity of racism in the United States during the Jim Crow period. The two young African American men were lynched in Marion, Indiana after they were accused of killing a white factory worker. However, I wasn’t aware of the full story behind the photograph until I came upon this NPR story that was aired a few years ago. (Thanks to Adam Serwer for tweeting the link) ┬áHere is the story. Strange Fruit: Anniversary Of A Lynching by RADIO DIARIES August 06, 2010 4:30 PM Eighty years ago, two young African-American men, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, were lynched in the town center of Marion, Ind. The night before, on Aug. 6, 1930, they had been arrested and charged with the armed robbery and murder of a white factory worker, Claude Deeter, and the rape of his companion, Mary Ball. That evening, local police were unable to stop a mob of thousands from breaking into the jail with Read More