silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
3 1/2 x 7 1/16 x 1/16 in. (8.9 x 17.9 x 0.2 cm)
An undated sterograph of a WW1 scene captioned: "Colored Soldiers who covered themselves with glory in France, returning to US" No. 14338 published by Underwood & Underwood. The image is of a multi-tiered ship deck crowded with soldiers in uniform. Some soldiers stand on ladders going from one level to the other.
This hardcover book is bound in cardboard covered with brown synthetic material with gold lettering. On the cover, within a gold edged border is text that reads "THE HOME-/STEADER /Oscar/ Micheaux." The spine has gold text that reads at top "THE /HOME-STEADER /MICHEAUX." At bottom, under two gold lines are the words "Western/ Book Supply/ Company." Inside, it has an inscribed frontispiece that reads "Myalle A. Williams/ April-1-1918- WJ Williams."
Burgundy leather left handed boxing glove with tan cotton tie. A white tag on top of the wrist reads “Ken-Wel / BRAND” in blue text. The bottom of the glove has lacing with white cloth ties. The top of the glove is padded. Inner lining of glove is red and white. The glove is inscribed on top in black ink. The inscription reads “Jack Johnson / Former Heavyweight / Champion / of the world / U.S.A.”
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)].