Lynchers often paraded their victim down the main street, through black
neighborhoods, and in front of "colored schools" that were in session.
Jesse Washington, seventeen years old, was the chief suspect in the May
8, 1916, murder of Lucy Fryer of Robinson, Texas, on whose farm he worked
as a laborer. After the lynching, Washington's corpse was placed in a
burlap bag and dragged around City Hall Plaza, through the main streets
of Waco, and seven miles to Robinson, where a large black population resided.
His charred corpse was hung for public display in front of a blacksmith
shop. The sender of this card, Joe Meyers, an oiler at the Bellmead car
department and a Waco resident, marked his photo with a cross (now an
ink smudge to left of victim).