Introduction: Hunting, Fishing, and Freedom -- "You Can't Starve a Negro": Hunting and Fishing and African Americans' Subsistence in the Post-Emancipation South -- "The Pot Hunting Son of Ham": White Sportsmen's Objections to African Americans' Hunting and Fishing -- "The Art of Serving is With Them Innate": African Americans and the Work of Southern Hunting and Fishing -- "With the Due Subordination of Master and Servant Preserved": Race and Sporting Tourism in the Post-Emancipation South -- "When He Should Be Between the Plow Handles": Sportsmen, Landowners, Legislators, and the Assault on African Americans' Hunting and Fishing -- Conclusion: Contradiction and Continuity in the Southern Sporting Field
These four men, Jerry Williams, George Davis, Willie Williams, and Albert Robertson, were lynched in Iverness, Florida on April 19, 1892 after being implicated in the murders of two men, identified as Paymaster Stevenson and Mail Carrier Payne, bosses at the phosphate mine where the men were employed. According to a newspaper report from the St. Paul Daily Globe, "A mob surrounded the jail, overpowered the sheriff and hanged the men to trees nearby."
A silver gelatin print of the lynched bodies ofJerry Williams, George Davis, Willie Williams, and Albert Robertson. The bodies are pictured hanging by their necks from a tree in a wooded area; two bodies on the left side of the tree and two on the right. The photograph is matted in a light grey cardboard frame with a delicate scroll design around the edge of the photograph. An inscription on the verso, written by hand in ink, reads: ["A necktie party" in Florida (1901)].