Shadow of the Gallows

March 11, 1905


John Mitchell, Jr., visits Henrico County jail to interview and photograph two black men on death row.


Editor John Mitchell, Jr., visited the Henrico County jail last Wednesday at about 10:30 in company with Rev. Scott C. Burrell, Secretary of the colored Y. M. C. A., Rev. W. H. Stokes, pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church and Mr. Elam L. Banks, who acted as assistant to the editor who carried his photographic outfit to take the pictures of Peter Dancey and Edward Austin, two colored men.

They are to be hanged on Thursday, March 16th, 1905 unless the Governor commutes their sentences. Entering the jailer’s office Deputy M. J. Ferriter welcomed the party and admitted the ministers at once to the presence of the condemned men. He announced that they would be ready in a few minutes.
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