This is a relief print created with black ink on paper. In it Woodruff represents the violent, in-progress murder of a Black man by lynching. The man is central in Woodruff's scene. A mob of white people surround him. They have forced a rope on his neck and he is standing, restrained, on a wagon. He looks out of the scene at the viewer, who is implicated in the mob violence.


Hale Woodruff, Printed by Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, Published by Marshall Arts, Ltd./Woodruff Project

1935; printed 1996

  • Titles Hale Woodruff: Selections from the Atlanta Period, 1931-1946 (Portfolio)
  • Artist Hale Woodruff, American, 1900 - 1980
  • Medium linoleum cut with chine-collé
  • Credit Line Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Partial gift of Elnora, Inc. in honor of Auldlyn Higgins Williams and E.T. Williams, Jr., and purchase with funds provided by the Friends of American Art, with additional funds provided by Lydia Cheney and Jim Sokol, Beverly and Stanley Erdreich, Dr. and Mrs. James Kamplain, and Martha Pezrow, AFI.4.2020.3
  • Object Name print
  • Classification Prints