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Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [LC-USZ62-36635]

Lynching Mob

Lynchings drew crowds of men, women, and children, who came from all around. Souvenirs, such as pieces of skin and fingers, were often taken from the victim - sometimes when still alive. Photographers printed postcards that circulated throughout the country. This crowd, estimated at over fifteen thousand, including the police chief and mayor, had gathered in Waco, Texas, to witness the torture and killing of Jesse Washington.

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