Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, August 7, 1930
Lawrence Beitler (1885 - 1960) was a studio photographer who on August 7, 1930, took a photograph of the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith. The photograph later sold thousands of copies and inspired the political poem "Strange Fruit" by the Jewish poet Abel Meeropol. The poem was later transformed into a song and was most famously performed by Billie Holiday.
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