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Richard Thomason



James Meredith addressing Martin Luther King observance at Holsey Chapel in Columbus, Georgia, January 13, 1980
Vintage gelatin silver print with resin coating on paper
6 3/8 x 9 1/2 in. (16.19 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: P2021.13.1471

Commentary
James Howard Meredith (born June 25, 1933) is a trailblazer in the Civil Rights Movement. In 1962, he became the first black student admitted to the University of Mississippi, following an intense legal battle in the federal courts. In 1966, Meredith planned a solo 220-mile March Against Fear from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi to highlight continuing racism in the South and encourage voter registration after passage of the Voting Rights Act. The second day, he was shot by a white gunman and suffered numerous wounds. Leaders of major organizations vowed to complete the march in his name after he was taken to the hospital. During his recovery, more people from across the country became involved as marchers. Meredith rejoined the march. When he and other leaders entered Jackson on June 26, they were leading an estimated 15,000 marchers in what was the largest Civil Rights march in Mississippi.

Marks
On recto: manuscript title.
On verso: artist's credit stamp, manuscript title, newspaper stamp and typewritten label with title and date affixed.

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Dimensions
  • Image Dimensions: 6 3/8 x 9 1/2 in. (16.19 x 24.13 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 x 9 15/16 in. (20.32 x 25.24 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen


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