a person in a grim reaper outfit with a cop in the background

Protest Grim Reapers

by Marc Fischer Author

A collection of details from 27 press photos from the 1960s-1990s that each shows someone attending a protest dressed an iconic hooded black cloak and carrying a scythe. Who were these grim reapers and what were they doing at street demonstrations against war, animal abuse, the death penalty, radioactive waste, hunger, plant closures, restrictions on abortion, and more? When information was available, it's included here, and it's fascinating. If you look around at a protest today, you're likely to see a deathly serious hooded figure marching alongside you, asserting that the issue is a matter of life or death—and you'll never see them in the same way again. 

This is Public Collectors publication #75