They called Harold van Venison the “Covington Negro” after his home town of Covington, Kentucky, because he was a well-known local singer, and something of a ladies’ man as well.

But the white people in the community didn’t like him much because of his predilection for being seen around the town accompanied by white women.

One of them, though, resisted his advances, and he raped her.

For this he was hanged on Friday, June 3rd, 1938, at Kenton County Prison, Kentucky.

This was the last hanging in the state as capital crime prisoners were in future sent to the electric chair.