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Lynching in Clifton Forge

Lynching Victims in Clifton Forge

This photograph is a composite of four images taken before and after a lynching in Clifton Forge, Virginia, on October 17, 1891. At top, left to right, are Charles Miller, John Scott, and Robert Burton, three African American miners who had their photographs taken at a studio on the morning of their murders. At bottom is a grisly photograph of the three men hanging in a tree the next day. The images are captioned "11 a.m"—indicating when the portraits of the men were made on October 17— and "11 p.m."—the time when the men were lynched. This cabinet card composite was probably sold as a souvenir of the event.

Original Author: S. S. Griffith & Co., CliftonForge

Created: ca. 1891

Medium: Cabinet card

Courtesy of Anonymous collection

You Shudder at the Picture! Of Course You Do.

Beneath the headline, "You Shudder at the Picture! Of Course You Do," an illustration depicts the lynching victims Charles W. Miller, John Scott, and Robert Burton hanging from a tree in Clifton Forge, Virginia, on October 18, 1891. The three miners had been lynched the previous night. This broadside was used to advertise the Richmond Planet, an African American newspaper under the editorship of John Mitchell Jr., who regularly reported on lynching. The advertisement asks potential subscribers: "Are you against Lynch-law?" If so, then "Read the PLANET." The newspaper states its purpose: "It tells what the colored people are doing. It shows up the wrong-doing as practiced upon the Race. It calls for justice for all men …" 

Original Author: John Mitchell Jr., The Richmond Planet

Created: ca. 1891

Medium: Broadside advertisement

Courtesy of Duke University Libraries Digital Collections

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  • Lynching Victims in Clifton Forge

    This photograph is a composite of four images taken before and after a lynching in Clifton Forge, Virginia, on October 17, 1891. At top, left to right, are Charles Miller, John Scott, and Robert Burton, three African American miners who had their photographs taken at a studio on the morning of their murders. At bottom is a grisly photograph of the three men hanging in a tree the next day. The images are captioned "11 a.m"—indicating when the portraits of the men were made on October 17— and "11 p.m."—the time when the men were lynched. This cabinet card composite was probably sold as a souvenir of the event.

    Original Author: S. S. Griffith & Co., CliftonForge

    Created: ca. 1891

    Medium: Cabinet card

    Courtesy of Anonymous collection

  • You Shudder at the Picture! Of Course You Do.

    Beneath the headline, "You Shudder at the Picture! Of Course You Do," an illustration depicts the lynching victims Charles W. Miller, John Scott, and Robert Burton hanging from a tree in Clifton Forge, Virginia, on October 18, 1891. The three miners had been lynched the previous night. This broadside was used to advertise the Richmond Planet, an African American newspaper under the editorship of John Mitchell Jr., who regularly reported on lynching. The advertisement asks potential subscribers: "Are you against Lynch-law?" If so, then "Read the PLANET." The newspaper states its purpose: "It tells what the colored people are doing. It shows up the wrong-doing as practiced upon the Race. It calls for justice for all men …" 

    Original Author: John Mitchell Jr., The Richmond Planet

    Created: ca. 1891

    Medium: Broadside advertisement

    Courtesy of Duke University Libraries Digital Collections