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A group of black Freedom Riders left Montgomery for Jackson, Mississippi. National Guard patrols have been set up along the way at three check points., May 24, 1961
Vintage wire photograph on paper

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Accession Number: P2021.13.280

Commentary
A group of black Freedom Riders left Montgomery for Jackson, Mississippi-- the hardcore center of segregation in the South. The Trailways bus took a different route than usual. National Guard patrols have been set up along the way at three check points. If the bus makes a stop before reaching Jackson, it would be at Meridian, Mississippi. They hope to complete the test run to New Orleans.

Marks
On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: date stamp.

Materials
Wire photographs were originally transmitted over phonelines, then later, by satellite. They were first used in the early 1920s. Associated Press became a leader with this. After pigment touch-ups, etc., the print is put into a drum (like a drum scanner). The image gets converted into audio tones that are transmitted. The tones are received and beamed onto photo-sensitive paper. Wire photographs are copies without originals---they are hybrid, transmitted objects. (Britt Salvesen, Curator and Department Head, Photography Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 30-31, 2022)

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