Hanging a Slave, South Carolina, 1865

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Harper's Weekly (Sept. 30, 1865), p. 613. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Caption, "View of Darlington courthouse and the sycamore tree where Amy Spain, the Negro slave, was hung by the citizens of Darlington, SC". Amy Spain's crime was that she had yelled, "Bless the Lord, the Yankees have come!" The author of the Harper's Weekly article hailed her as a martyr to the cause of freedom for her people.