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Photograph by:
International News Photos, Inc., American, 1911 - 1958  Search this
Subject of:
J. Street Sandlin, American, born 1887  Search this
Ozie Powell, American, born 1916  Search this
James E. Pierce, American, born 1890  Search this
Edgar Blalock, American  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 8 × 6 1/8 in. (20.3 × 15.6 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 8 1/2 × 6 1/2 in. (21.6 × 16.5 cm)
Place captured:
Decatur, Morgan County, Alabama, United States, North and Central America
January 25, 1936
This gelatin silver print depicts a black and white image of the Sheriff J. Street Sandlin, who shot Ozie Powell, and Sheriff J.E. Pierce. Sandlin is standing on the left and is holding the knife that Powell used to stab Deputy Edgar Blalock. His light-colored pea coat is stained with blood. Sheriff J.E. Pierce is standing on the right in a long, dark-colored pea coat. They are standing in front of a car in which the right fender is covered in blood. The words [Scotsboro case] are handwritten in cursive on the top left side of the back of the photograph. Below it a stamp partial obscured by a piece of paper reads [THIS / PHOTO / "INTERNATIONAL / 826 WEST MADISON STREET CHICAGO, ILL / SYNDIC [ILLEGIBLE] /THIS PHOTOGRAPH CAN BE PRINTED FOR ADVERTISING PURPOSES / OR FOR PURPOSES OF TRADE ONLY PROVIDING YOU CURE THE / WRITTEN PERMISSION OF THE INDIVIDUALS APPEARING IN / THIS PHOTOGRAPH IS SOLD TO YOU FOR YOUR USE ONLY / IT MUST NOT BE LOANED OR SOLD WIHTOUT OUR CONSENT]. The peice of paper glued to the back of the photograph contains an image caption that reads [WATCH YOUR CREDIT INTERNATIONAL CHICAGO / 14910 1-25-35. / GUARD WHO SHOT SCOTTSBORO NEGRO AFTER STABBING. / DECATUR, ALA.--SHERIFF J. STREET SANDLIN LEFT OF / MORGAN COUNTY IS SHOWN WITH THE KNIFE WITH WHICH / OZIE POWELL, ONE OF THE NINE NEGRO DEFENDANTS IN / THE SCOTTSBORO CASE, STABBED DEPUTY EDGAR BLALOCK / JEFFERSON COUNTY JAIL. SANDLIN IN TURN FIRED AND / CRITICALLY WOUNDED POWELL WHO WAS TAKEN TO HILLMAN / SKULL. AT THE RIGHT IS SHERIFF J.E. PIERCE OF / CULLMAN COUNTY. NOTICE THE BLOODSTAINS ON THE / FENDER OF THE CAR. BLALOCK WAS WOUNDED IN THE NECK / BUT WILL RECOVER. / SENT TO A AND C LIST, CLEVE. TO WEST COAST.].
African American  Search this
American West  Search this
Justice  Search this
Law  Search this
Photography  Search this
Race relations  Search this
U.S. History, 1933-1945  Search this
Violence  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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© United Press International
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