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Reverend A. D. King, brother of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., surveys damage done to his home in Birmingham, Alabama by a dynamite blast, May 13, 1963
Vintage wire photograph on paper
9 1/8 x 7 in. (23.18 x 17.78 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: P2021.13.137

Survey Damage: Reverend A. D. King, brother of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., surveys damage done to his home in Birmingham, Alabama by a dynamite blast. Wyatt Tee Walker, an integration leader, is second from right. Others are unidentified.

Alfred Daniel Williams “A. D.” King (1930-1969) was the younger brother of Martin Luther King, Jr., the famed leader of the Civil Rights Movement. King was a Baptist minister and a Civil Rights activist.; Wyatt Tee Walker (1928-2018) was an black pastor, national Civil Rights leader, theologian, and cultural historian. He was a chief of staff for Martin Luther King, Jr., and in 1958 became an early board member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He helped found a Congress for Racial Equality (CORE) chapter in 1958. As executive director of the SCLC from 1960 to 1964, Walker helped to bring the group to national prominence. Walker started as pastor at historic Gillfield Baptist Church in Petersburg, Virginia, where he entered the Civil Rights Movement. For 37 years Walker was senior pastor at Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem, New York, where he also co-founded the Religious Action Network of Africa Action to oppose apartheid in South Africa, and chaired the Central Harlem Local Development Corporation.

Associated Press ID #630513022

On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: manuscript date and newspaper stamp.

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: 9 1/8 x 7 in. (23.18 x 17.78 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 10 x 8 1/8 in. (25.4 x 20.64 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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