Pencil inscriptions on reverse:
"One of two things which made Wickliff famous, John Sherman Wickliffe Ky., Make. C. M. Troy."
"Lynched by a Mob of Negroes -Three Colored Murders Are Executed by Their Own People
Special to the Record Herald. Wickliffe, Ky. Sept. 12.-late last night a mob of Negroes invaded the jail here, took out three negro murderers and hanged them to a cross beam in McAuley's mill at the river's edge. The three Negroes, Ernest Harrison, Sam Reed and Frank Howard, confessed to the murder of Washington Thomas, an aged, respectable colored man. Thomas was employed in a tobacco factory, and Saturday night the three men waylaid him along the railroad track, killed him and robbed his clothes of his salary. They were speedily captured and placed in jail. During the night the colored people of Wickliffe held secret meetings and decided to lynch the murderers. Everything was quietly done. The bodies of the lynched men were left hanging until noon today, and there will be no effort by the authorities to apprehend the executioners."