Postcard of the Quadruple Lynching of Four African Americans at Russellville, Kentucky, 1908

Mechanically-printed postcard from a photograph, titled in the margin "Taken from Death," Lynching at Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky, July 31, 1908, with a description of the cedar tree from which the men are hung as a local landmark which has seen nine lynchings, including some of white men. Copyright to Jack Morton, Nashville, Tennessee, who also sold a full color version of this image.

In 1908, African American Rufus Browder shot and killed James Cunningham, a prominent white farmer for whom he worked, out of self defense. Browder was arrested and moved to Louisville, KY for his own protection. Subsequently, a group of Browder's friends were arrested and placed in jail for "disturbing the peace," and on the night of Aug. 1, 1908, a white mob entered the jail and demanded the prisoners. With the jailer's cooperation, the prisoners were handed over to the mob and hanged simultaneously from the same tree. A note pinned to one of the men read, "Let this be a warning to you niggers to let white people alone or you will go the same way." The four victims were Virgil Jones, Robert Jones, Thomas Jones, and Joseph Riley.


Light wear to corners, some staining over text.

Estimate: $100 - $200
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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