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Photograph by:
Associated Press, American, founded 1846  Search this
Subject of:
R.S. Turner, American  Search this
Unidentified Man or Men  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 8 3/8 × 6 1/2 in. (21.3 × 16.5 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 9 × 7 in. (22.9 × 17.8 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place captured:
Decatur, Morgan County, Alabama, United States, North and Central America
April 4, 1933
This gelatin silver print depicts a black and white image of R.S. Turner on the witness stand during the Scottsboro trial. He is seated in a chair and is holding a model train in his hands. The chair he sits on is elevated on a platform. There are other men present in the shot; some to the left are seated behind a tall wooden bench (potential expansion of the judge's bench) while others to the right are seated behind a table. The men in the background are out of focus. On the back of the print, there is a browned piece of paper adhered with tape which details, in black typed text, the AP credit line and caption. A stamp stating the terms of use for the photograph appears above the paper. The words [Scotsboro case] is handwritten in cursive on the top left side of the back of the photograph. The stamp reads [Note to Editors: / APR 4 1933 / Under each reproduction of this picture must / be carried the following credit: / "ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO" / This picture may not be syndicated, rented or loaned nor used for advertising purposes. / The Associated Press]. The peice of paper reads [R.S. TURNER, CONDUCTOR OF THE TRAIN VICTORIA / PRICE AND RUBY BATES HAD BOARDED AT CHATTANOOGA, / ON WITNESS STAND / TENN., SHOWN/HOLDING MODEL OF ONE OF / THE CARS OF THE TRAIN ON WHICH THE GIRLS CHARGED THEY WERE / ATTACKED BY NINE NEGROES, AT THE FIRST OF THE / RETRIALS OF EIGHT OF THE NINE NEGROES WHO HAD / PREVIOUSLY BEEN CONDEMNED TO DEATH, AT THE MORGAN / COUNTY COURTHOUSE, DECATUR, ALA. HE ALSO / TESTIFIED / THAT HE HAD HEARD NO SHOTS OR SCREAMS AS HE RODE IN THE CABOOSE, 26 CARS BEHIND THE GONDOLAS / IN WHICH THE ATTACK IS ALLEGED TO HAVE OCCURRED. / ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO / AJE-4/4/33 (FS (0) SOUTH].
African American  Search this
American South  Search this
Justice  Search this
Law  Search this
Photography  Search this
Race relations  Search this
U.S. History, 1919-1933  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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© AP Images
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National Museum of African American History and Culture