Jim Crow Justice
Courtesy of the Library of Congress
The names of most lynching victims have been lost to history, along with all record of their lives. While many lynchings were dramatic public outbursts fueled by the anger and excitement of the participating crowd, others were instigated by a handful of people and took place out of the public eye. "Souvenir" photographs commemorating the events were nevertheless common. This picture of an unnamed victim was taken around 1928.