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Harold Valentine

Murder trial defendant Joan Little sits with Georgia State Senator Julian Bond at a news luncheon in Raleigh, July 28, 1975
Vintage wire photograph with applied pigment on paper
9 9/16 x 7 1/16 in. (24.29 x 17.94 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: P2021.13.186

Raleigh, N.C., July 28---Joan Little at News Luncheon---Murder trial defendant Joan Little sits with Georgia State Senator Julian Bond at a news luncheon in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she said the prosecution will "be out like wolves to get me." Ms. Little is charged in the death of a white jailer.

Joan Little (pronounced "Jo Ann") (born 1953) is a black woman charged for the 1974 murder of Clarence Alligood, a white prison guard at Beaufort County Jail in Washington, North Carolina. Little's trial made her a cause célèbre of the Civil Rights, Feminist, and Anti-death Penalty Movements. She was the first woman in United States history to be acquitted using the defense that she used deadly force to resist sexual assault. Her case has become classic in legal circles as a pioneering instance of the application of scientific jury selection.

Julian Bond (1940-2015) became a Civil Rights activist while in college. In 1965, he was elected to Georgia's state legislature, but his opposition to the war in Vietnam meant that it would take a U.S. Supreme Court ruling for him to be allowed to take his seat. Bond later served as the head of the Southern Poverty Law Center and of the NAACP.

Associated Press ID #29505002164

On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: 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: 9 9/16 x 7 1/16 in. (24.29 x 17.94 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin
  • Sheet Dimensions: 10 1/16 x 7 1/4 in. (25.56 x 18.42 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin

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