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Reverend Ralph Abernathy, President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, speaks to a rally of black people in Pensacola, Florida on Friday, prior to Saturday's Ku Klux Klan march and cross burning, May 2, 1975
Vintage wire photograph on paper
7 3/16 x 9 9/16 in. (18.26 x 24.29 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: P2021.13.81

Commentary
Abernathy Speaks To Black Rally: Reverend Ralph Abernathy, President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, speaks to a rally of black people in Pensacola, Florida on Friday, prior to Saturday's Ku Klux Klan march and cross burning.

Ralph Abernathy (1926-1990) was a Baptist minister who, with Martin Luther King, Jr., organized the historic Montgomery Bus Boycotts. Abernathy co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and was a major Civil Rights figure, serving as close adviser to King and later assuming SCLC Presidency.

Marks
On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: manuscript title and Associated Press stamp.

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: 7 3/16 x 9 9/16 in. (18.26 x 24.29 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 7 5/8 x 9 11/16 in. (19.37 x 24.61 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen


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