Book, exhibit examine lynching in America

Without Sanctuary

A collection of photographs and postcards at The New-York Historical Society shows the terrible human toll taken by mob vengeance throughout the first half of the 1900s.

“Without Sanctuary: Photographs and Postcards of Lynching in America” presents the shocking images collected by Atlanta antique dealer James Allen over the past 25 years.

The pictures in the exhibit show lynchings as public spectacles that attracted crowds that included boys, girls and sometimes even lawmakers.

Many of the pictures were originally sold as postcards, providing terrible mementos of the killings.

The Village Voice said the images “may be too horrifying to contemplate, but they’re too important to ignore.”

Earlier this year, the exhibit drew standing-room-only crowds at Roth Horowith, a tiny New York gallery, then moved to its current location, which will extend the run though Aug. 13, 2000.