The Lynching of George Hughes

In one phrase, hostility to the Negro as citizen. Justice is what the Democratic leaders do not want. They want supremacy—absolute despotic control of the Negro—to make him powerless in politics and in the courts of law, so that they can re-establish their old-time control over his labor as far as it is possible after the abolishment of property in man.
— Adelbert Ames, Reconstruction governor of Mississippi, addressing Congress on the aims and feelings of many Southern whites

The charred remains of George Hughes inspired Death (Lynched Figure) by artist, Isamu Noguchi.

 Death (Lynched Figure), 1934. Isamu Noguchi. Monel metal, steel, wood, rope. 88 3/4 x 31 7/8 x 22 1/8 in. Collection of The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York. ©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / Artist Rights Society [ARS]. Photo by Sara Wells.   Reproduction, including downloading of Isamu Noguchi works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Death (Lynched Figure), 1934. Isamu Noguchi. Monel metal, steel, wood, rope. 88 3/4 x 31 7/8 x 22 1/8 in. Collection of The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York. ©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / Artist Rights Society [ARS]. Photo by Sara Wells.

Reproduction, including downloading of Isamu Noguchi works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.