Photograph of the lynched bodies of four men

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2 images
Created by
Liebrecht, Dieudonné, Belgian, born 1840
Subject of
Williams, Jerry, American, died 1892
Davis, George, American, died 1892
Williams, Willie, American, died 1892
Robertson, Albert, American, died 1892
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W: 6 3/8 x 4 5/16 in. (16.2 x 11 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Media Arts-Photography
Place captured
Inverness, Citrus County, Florida, United States, North and Central America
1892; printed ca. 1901
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)].
Hate crimes
Race relations
United States--History--1865-1921
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain

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