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Lynch Law on Huron St.

 

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The Observer bought the photo and a slightly different image that Stevens spotted on the auction site a few days later. Another recipient of the local historian's email, Linda Walker, bought several others. Typed labels on the back of the eight-by-ten black-and-white prints identified them as having been taken for the Detroit Mirror.

The first photo that caught Stevens' eye is labeled, "Part of mob of 20,000 that kept milling around jail during [the] trial of three confessed torch murderers. The crowd became unmanageable immediately after the arrival of prisoners from Ypsilanti, and National Guard was called out to guard against lynching." The second shows Michigan State Police officers and National Guardsmen standing shoulder-to-shoulder on the courthouse steps, rifles in hand.

A third depicts another crowd at a funeral of two young women in Cleveland.

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