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Gene Herrick

(c. 1927 – )

Autherine Lucy arrives at U.S. District Court in Birmingham for the hearing of her petition for an order requiring the University of Alabama to re-admit her to classes, February 29, 1956
Vintage wire photograph on paper
8 1/8 x 5 9/16 in. (20.64 x 14.13 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: P2021.13.1224

Commentary
Lucy Arrives for Hearing: Autherine Lucy (center), 26-year-old black co-ed at the University of Alabama, arrives at U.S. District Court in Birmingham, Alabama today for the hearing of her petition for an order requiring the school to re-admit her to classes. Mrs. Ruby Hurley (right), Regional Secretary for the NAACP, accompanied her. The other woman is unidentified.

Autherine Lucy (October 5, 1929 - present) was the first black student to attend the University of Alabama, in 1956. Her expulsion from the university led to President Oliver Carmichael's resignation.

Marks
On recto: typewritten title and date.

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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Dimensions
  • Image Dimensions: 8 1/8 x 5 9/16 in. (20.64 x 14.13 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 9/16 x 7 in. (21.75 x 17.78 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen


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