Lynching of Young Blacks – 1930

Lynching of Young BlacksLawrence Beitler took this iconic photograph on August 7, 1930. It showed the two young black men accused of raping a white girl, hanged by a mob of 10,000 white men. The mob took them by force from the county jailhouse. Another black man was saved from lynching by the girl’s uncle who said he was innocent. The photo sold thousands of copies, which Beitler stayed up for 10 days and nights printing them. The photo was so iconic that it has been the inspiration for many poems, books and songs down the years, “Strange Fruit” by the Jewish poet Abel Meeropol (later sung by Billie Holiday) being the best example.

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