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Jack Thornell

(Vicksburg, MS, August 29, 1939 - )

Panther headquarters during an exchange of gunfire with police in New Orleans, September 15, 1970
Vintage wire photograph with applied pigment on paper
6 5/8 x 9 5/16 in. (16.83 x 23.65 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Accession Number: P2021.13.1063

Panther headquarters during an exchange of gunfire in New Orleans. The shootout occurred as police moved in to make arrests on Tuesday morning following a series of incidents.

The Peoples Party II was a Houston-based Black revolutionary group modeled after the Black Panther Party. Founder and Chairman Carl Hampton would eventually be killed during a shootout with the Houston Police Department at the party’s Dowling Street headquarters in July of 1970. Out of the Dowling shootout, the “Black Coalition” was formed. The Coalition consisted of mainstream Black organizations responding to the violence against black people committed by the Houston Police Department. The Coalition urged a boycott of businesses downtown, which would ultimately fail due to poor organization. The Peoples Party II was part of the Rainbow Coalition, which was composed of the Peoples Party II, the John Brown Revolutionary League, and the Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO).

Illustrated: Associated Press ID #7009151296

On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: typewritten title, date stamp and newspaper caption affixed.

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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  • Image Dimensions: 6 5/8 x 9 5/16 in. (16.83 x 23.65 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 1/16 x 9 15/16 in. (20.48 x 25.24 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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