Three figures stand bound together shackled together by wrist; their backs turned toward the viewers, forming a human chain. In front of them is a visual rhyme in the form of metal bars, implying that the figures are in a prison cell. Additionally, their street attire hints at their recent arrest, representing the black southerners living under Jim Crow. Arrests were the result of charges including walking along railroad tracks, spitting, drinking, loitering, vagrancy, and speaking too loud in public: all of which applied strictly to African Americans. Lawrence pays tribute to the thousands of African Americans capriciously arrested as a result of these unfair charges that resulted from racial tendencies.