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Reverend Ralph Abernathy, right, hugs Rodolfo Gonzalez in greetingat Denver's Stapleton Airport, May 1968
Vintage gelatin silver print on paper
9 5/16 x 7 9/16 in. (23.65 x 19.21 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: P2021.13.88

Reverend Ralph Abernathy, right, hugs Rodolfo Gonzalez in greeting at Denver's Stapleton Airport. Reverend Abernathy, the successor to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. landed for a brief stopover. The Reverend Bernard Lee, left, an aide, looks on.

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.

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

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  • Image Dimensions: 9 5/16 x 7 9/16 in. (23.65 x 19.21 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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