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Gene Herrick

(c. 1927 – )

Dean Sarah Healy, Trustee John Caddell, and President O. C. Carmichael of the University of Alabama arrive at U.S. District Court in Birmingham to answer charges in black student Autherine Lucy's readmittance petition, February 29, 1956
Vintage wire photograph on paper

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Accession Number: P2021.13.1256

Commentary
Defendants in Lucy Hearing: Mrs. Sarah Healy (left), Dean of Women, Trustee John Caddell (center), and President Oliver C. Carmichael, all of the University of Alabama, arrive at U.S. District Court. They will answer the charges of black student Autherine Lucy in her readmittance petition. There are 13 defendants in the case, Birmingham, Alabama.

Autherine Lucy (b. October 5, 1929) was the first black student to attend the University of Alabama, in 1956. Her expulsion from the university led to President Oliver Carmichael's resignation.

Marks
On verso: typewritten label with title and date 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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