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Photograph by:
International News Photos, Inc., American, 1911 - 1958  Search this
Subject of:
Ozie Powell, American, born 1916  Search this
Unidentified Man or Men  Search this
Edgar Blalock, American  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 8 × 6 in. (20.3 × 15.2 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 8 9/16 × 6 1/2 in. (21.7 × 16.5 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place captured:
Decatur, Morgan County, Alabama, United States, North and Central America
January 24, 1936
This gelatin silver print depicts a black and white image of Ozie Powell being examined by doctors after being shot. Powell is laying down under a blanket while two male doctors examine his head. One doctor stands behind him with his head bent down and has both hands on Powell's head. He has a stethescope around his neck. The other doctor stands next to him and is looking down at the wound. The words [Scotsboro case] are handwritten in cursive on the back of the photograph. There is a copyright stamp on the back of the photograph. The piece of paper glued to the pack of the photograph contains an image caption that reads [WATCH YOUR CREDIT INTERNATIONAL CHICAGO. / 14909 1-25-35. / SCOTTSBORO NEGRO SHOT AFTER STABBING GUARD. / DECATUR, ALA., OZIE POWELL, ONE OF THE NINE / SCOTTSBORO NEGROES IS PICTURED IN HILLMAN / HOSPITAL AS SURGEONS PROBED FOR TWO BULLETS / FIRED INTO HIS SCULL BY SHERIFF J. STREET / SANDLIN. THE BULLETS WERE REMOVED AND OZIE WAS RESTING EASY. POWELL WAS SHOT AFTER HE STABBED / EDWARD BLALOCK, A DEPUTY SHERIFF, WHILE MAKING / AN ATTEMPT TO ESCAPE. THE STABBING TOOK PLACE / IN THE AUTOMOBILE THAT WAS BRINGING HIM TO / JEFFERSON COUNTY JAIL IN BIRMINGHAM. BLALOCK / SUFFERED A SEVERE STAB WOUND 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
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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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