: This portrait of Athay Brown was housed in the execution chamber at the Ohio Penitentiary alongside the photographs of hundreds of other prisoners who were sentenced to death in the state. These pictures were displayed in the east annex of the penitentiary where death row and the execution chamber were located. The Ohio Penitentiary closed in 1972 when construction of the new Southern Ohio Correctional Facility was completed in Lucasville. At this time, the execution chamber was relocated to the new Lucasville facility and the photograph collection of condemned prisoners was donated to the Ohio Historical Society.
Brown was one of 315 people who were electrocuted in the state of Ohio from 1897 to 1963. The caption at the bottom of his photograph reads, “No. 171, Athay Brown of Cuyahoga County, electrocuted March 10th, 1933, for the Murder of Mrs. Rances Holt of Cuyahoga County, Ohio.” His occupation is listed as “gangster” on Ohio execution records. He was executed at the age of 26.
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: AL08230 Subjects
: Ohio History--State and Local Government--Law; Ohio History--State and Local Government--Corrections; Capital punishment--Ohio--History; Electrocution; Death row; Ohio Penitentiary (Columbus, Ohio) Places
: Cuyahoga County (Ohio); Columbus (Ohio)