Photograph of the bodies of Nease Gillespie, John Gillespie and Jack Dillingham

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3 images
Photograph by
Unidentified
Published by
Kluttz's Studio, American
Subject of
Gillespie, Nease, American, 1855 - 1906
Gillespie, John, American, 1891 - 1906
Dillingham, Jack, American, died 1906
Unidentified Man or Men
Unidentified Child or Children
Medium
silver and collodion on photographic paper on card mount
Dimensions
H x W (image): 5 5/16 × 3 7/8 in. (13.5 × 9.8 cm)
H x W x D (card): 7 13/16 × 5 13/16 × 1/16 in. (19.8 × 14.7 × 0.1 cm)
Type
black-and-white photographs
collodion prints
Place captured
Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Date
August 1906
Description
A black and white photograph of the lynched bodies of Nease Gillespie, John Gillespie and Jack Dillingham. The bodies are at the center of the photograph, hanging from ropes by their necks. Their clothes are torn and several wounds are visible on their bodies and heads. A large tree is visible on the right side of the photograph and counter-weight bags connected to the hanging ropes are visible in the background. They are surrounded by a large group of men and several children, many of which are looking at the camera. A man on the right side of the photograph has his right hand resting on the left shoulder of one of the hanging men. The photograph is adhered to gray card stock. Printed in black text beneath the photograph is “NRSM / KLUTTZ’S STUDIO, / E. Council ST., near Court House / Salisbury, N. C.” Handwritten in graphite on the back of the photograph is “Remember / Nease Gillespie - / John Gillespie / Jack Dillingham / They murdered -the - / Lyerly Family / But they got / theirs just the / same Aug 6th 1906 / at the Salisbury / courthouse was / shure [sic] a warm / time I will never / forget - that – night.”
Topic
African American
American South
Hate crimes
Lynching
Photography
United States--History--1865-1921
Violence
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Liljenquist Family
Object number
2018.43.13.1
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
Liljenquist Family Collection
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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