2.25 x 3.5 in. CDV on cardstock mount (abrasion with paper loss to left side of bottom edge, wear to mount edges and corners). Caption and copyright statement on mount.
Clifton Haries, a formerly enslaved 19-year-old, was accused and convicted of raping and murdering two women in West Auburn, Maine in 1867. Though there was strong opposition to the death penalty in Maine, Haries was sentenced to death and executed in 1869, making his the state's first execution in over 30 years. Many including the state attorney general decried the punishment, arguing that white men on death row repeatedly had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment, and pointing out a number of mitigating circumstances in the case including Haries's young age, his impaired mental state, and the effects of slavery.
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