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Charles Evers, black rights leader, outpolled six whites. Uphill battle faced in Mississippi runoff election March 12., February 1, 1968
Vintage wire photograph with applied pigment on paper
6 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (16.51 x 21.59 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: P2021.13.167

Charles Evers (1922-2020) was an American Civil Rights activist and former Republican politician, known for his role in the Civil Rights Movement along with his younger brother, Medgar Evers. After his brother's assassination in 1963, Evers took over his position as Field Director of the NAACP in Mississippi. He led many demonstrations for the rights of blacks. In 1969, Evers was named "Man of the Year" by the NAACP. In 1969, Evers was elected in Fayette, Mississippi as the first black mayor in the state in the post-Reconstruction era. This followed the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which enforced constitutional rights for citizens.

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 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (16.51 x 21.59 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin
  • Sheet Dimensions: 6 7/8 x 8 3/4 in. (17.46 x 22.23 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin

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