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J. W. Guillot



Councilman A. L. Davis speaks to a crowd in New Orleans at the dedication of a street renamed after slain Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., May 30, 1905
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
6 15/16 x 9 1/2 in. (17.62 x 24.13 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: P2021.13.15

Commentary
Melpomene Renamed: "Help us go forth and make a reality the things Martin Luther King, Jr. stood for." Councilman A. L. Davis said this to a crowd of about 200 yesterday at the dedication of a street renamed after the slain Civil Rights leader. Melpomene street between Dryades and South Gayoso is now Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, New Orleans.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1954 until his assassination in 1968.

Marks
On verso: artist's credit stamp, date stamp and newspaper caption affixed.

Materials
Ferrotyped prints have a sensitive surface, usually shiny and thinner, because they are put through a press while still wet. Ferrotyping makes the surface of the photograph smoother. Light does not scatter as much on a smoother surface, so this increases contrast. That makes ferrotyped images better for press photography.

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Dimensions
  • Image Dimensions: 6 15/16 x 9 1/2 in. (17.62 x 24.13 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 1/8 x 9 15/16 in. (20.64 x 25.24 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen


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