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Morton, Jack (fl. 1908) [Color reproduction of a photograph depicting the lynching of four African Americans]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06265 Author/Creator: Morton, Jack (fl. 1908) Place Written: Nashville, Tennessee Type: Postcard Date: 1908 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Beside the photo on the front of the postcard, printed text indicates that the lynching took place at Russellville, Kentucky, and the photograph was taken 1 August 1908. Depicts several lynching victims hung on a cedar tree. Caption states that "[t]his is a multiple cedar tree and these four make a total of nine men lynched on this tree, some were white men." Photograph includes two witnesses watching the lynching. A warning sign hangs from the neck of one lynched man. On verso, printed text indicates placement of address and stamp. Copyrighted by Morton, a salesman in Nashville, Tennessee.

People: Morton, Jack, fl. 1908.

Historical Era: Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929

Keywords/Subjects: Progressive Era, African American History, Lynching, Mobs and Riots, Death, Photography

Sub Era: The Great Migration and Jim Crow The Politics of Reform