Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Hayes was a highly regarded social realist painter and sculptor active during the Harlem Renaissance. Mostly self-taught, he created a series of murals at the Harlem Hospital Center beginning in 1936. "The Lynchers" features a pointed and unusual depiction of a lynching scene. Instead of focusing on the black victim, Hayes paints the white perpetrators and spectators, including children.


  • Title: The Lynchers
  • Creator: Vertis Hayes
  • Date Created: 1930/1939
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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