This popped up in Richmond, Virginia. The second and most famous capital of the Confederate States of America. These are dolls.

Here is what the real deal looked like.

Oh, this didn’t happen down in Dixie. This happened in Indiana. These two black men were brutally beaten, stabbed and hanged back in 1930. They had been accused of rape and murder. They were abducted from jail by an angry crowd. A third one, a 16 year old boy, was beaten, and served 4 years in jail.

Nobody in this picture was ever tried for this horrible crime. It inspired the famous, haunting song Strange Fruit.

Here are the lyrics.

Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black body 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 magnolia sweet and fresh,
And 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 a tree to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.