Facing Controversy: Struggling with Capital Punishment in North Carolina

2 October 1905: Hanging of Peter Smith in Marshall, N.C.

Smith was led to the top of this wooden execution chamber where he was allowed to make a statement. He was then taken inside the wooden chamber where he was hanged out of the sight of the surrounding crowd.

(Photograph by C. L. Brittain; Courtesy of the E. M. Ball Collection, D. H. Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville)

1905: Hanging of Peter Smith

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