In June 1892, the Indianapolis Freeman re-printed an earlier visual compilation of civil rights themes drawn by the late political cartoonist Henry J. Lewis. The small cartoon laments the need for combative imagery in the black press, but explains its necessity. “Some day the inspiration for such representations will have passed,” the caption reads; “some day, America will extend equal rights and justice to all men.” A sign affixed to the whipping post reads: “Give the Negro an equal chance with other men, and there will be no race problem.”