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Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., preaches from pulpit in St. Paul's Cathedral in London, March 16, 1969
Vintage wire photograph on paper
8 15/16 x 6 1/2 in. (22.7 x 16.51 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: P2021.13.27

Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., preaches from pulpit in St. Paul's Cathedral in London. She is the first woman ever invited to do so at a regular service in London's biggest Anglican Church. In a news conference in London, the widow of the slain Civil Rights leader said the plea of guilty by James Earl Ray "is a respite but must not close the case."

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.

Associated Press ID #690316016, #690316052

On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: date stamp and newspaper caption with date stamp affixed.

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: 8 15/16 x 6 1/2 in. (22.7 x 16.51 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 9 11/16 x 7 3/8 in. (24.61 x 18.73 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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