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African American Double Lynching in Marion, Indiana, Silver Gelatin Photograph 

Silver gelatin photograph depicting the lynching of African Americans Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, which took place on August 7, 1930 in Marion, Indiana, 4.75 x 6.5 in. Shipp and Smith had been arrested and charged with robbing and murdering a white factory worker and raping his girlfriend. The night of the lynching, with the cooperation of police officers, a large crowd broke into the jail with sledgehammers, beat the two men, and hanged them. Studio photographer Lawrence Beitler is credited with taking the picture of the dead bodies hanging from the tree, surrounded by a crowd of spectators.


Light, even toning to photograph.

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African American Double Lynching in Marion, Indiana

Auction ended on Fri, Jun 21, 2013
Estimate $600 - $800
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Cincinnati, OH 45232
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