|Death: ||Aug. 7, 1930|
Thomas Shipp 18 was lynched along with Abram Smith, 19 in Marion, Indiana on August 7, 1930. They were friends of James Cameron, and their story was told in his book "A Time of Terror".
A famous photograph of the lynching inspired Abel Meeropol (under the pen name Lewis Allen) to write the poem "Strange Fruit" which was sung by Billie Holiday.
The crime they were accused of was the murder of Claude Deeter, and the rape of Mary Ball.
Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.
Pastoral scene of the gallant south,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh,
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh.
Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.
According to the book -- "A Lynching in the Heartland" by James H. Madison - he was buried at a cemetery in Marion, Indiana.
Specifically: at a cemetery in Marion, Indiana
Created by: Donna
Record added: Feb 19, 2008
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