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Mrs. Coretta King, center, stands with her family in Atlanta as she sings "We Shall Overcome" after laying a wreath at the crypt of her slain husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., January 15, 1970
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 15/16 x 8 9/16 in. (17.62 x 21.75 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: P2021.13.76

Commentary
Memorial Ceremony Held on King's Birthday: Mrs. Coretta King, center, stands with members of her family in Atlanta as she sings the Civil Rights song "We Shall Overcome" after laying a wreath at the crypt of her slain husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. At left, with hat, is the Reverend Martin Luther King Sr. and his wife. Next to Coretta Scott King at right are son Dexter King and daughter Yolanda King. At left stands her oldest son, Martin Luther King III.

Coretta Scott King (1927-2006) was an American author, activist and Civil Rights leader. She was the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr., and she helped lead the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. She took part in the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 and worked to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Bibliography
Associated Press ID #700115034

Marks
On verso: date stamp and newspaper caption affixed.

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: 6 15/16 x 8 9/16 in. (17.62 x 21.75 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 x 8 3/4 in. (20.32 x 22.23 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen


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