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The Lynching of Thomas Smith
Credit: Anonymous collection
Original Author: H. V. Lineback Photography Studio
Created: September 21, 1893
Medium: Photographic print

The Lynching of Thomas Smith

A crowd of onlookers in Roanoke, some of them children, stare at the dead body of Thomas Smith, who had been lynched by a mob, probably the night before. The photograph was made by the local H. V. Lineback Photography Studio and dated September 21, 1893. The image was later sold to whites as a gruesome souvenir—and as a literal display of white supremacy.  

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