In this image in the Richmond Planet, editor and artist John Mitchell, Jr., highlighted the double standard in suppressing reporting and legal prosecution of sexual crimes against African American girls and women. Speculating on the reasons for the disappearance of the two witnesses in the trial of Thomas Penn, a white man accused of raping a 10-year-old African American girl, Lina Hanna, the drawing shows two empty graves and explicitly states: “Dead folks tell no tales. Absent witnesses cannot testify.”