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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Without Sanctuary for showing
the real horror pictures of lynched black men, women
and children. Just being "uppity" or not submitting
to a white rapist was enough to kill you.

Without Sanctuary
Lynching Photography in America

Without Sanctuary by Twins Palms Publishers (2004) - 209 pages
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Without Sanctuary brings to life one of the darkest and sickest periods in American history. As a young child, growing up very poor in rural Alabama, I heard stories about lynchings and about the nightriders coming through, intimidating and harassing black people. At the time in all seemed nightmarish, unreal - even unbelievable. The photographs in this book make real the hideous crimes that were committed against humanity.

Many people today, despite the evidence will not believe - don't want to believe - that such atrocities happened in America not so very long ago. These photographs bear witness to the hangings, burnings, castrations, and torture of an American holocaust. Despite all I witnessed during the height of the civil rights movement, and all I experienced of bigotry and hate during my lifetime, these photographs shocked me.

What is it in the human psyche that would drive a person to commit such acts of violence against their fellow citizens? This book cannot answer my question, but it does fill me with deep sadness and an even stronger determination to keep such atrocities from happening again. It is my hope that Without Sanctuary will inspire us, the living, and as yet unborn generations, to be more compassionate, loving, and caring. We must prevent anything like this from ever happening again.

Above by Congressman John Lewis

And it continues to this day. About one black is lynched every year in the South that we know about. But every year many black males simply disappear and are never seen or heard of again.

The photographs reproduced in this volume are part of the Allen/Littlefield Collection, and are on deposit in the Special Collections Department, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory University. Book design is by Arlyn Nathan and Jack Woody.

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Without Sanctuary
Lynching Photography in America

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Without Sanctuary for showing
the real horror pictures of lynched black men, women
and children. Just being "uppity" or not submitting
to a white rapist was enough to kill you.