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James Farmer, former head of CORE, during a news conference in New York, June 17, 1968
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
7 5/8 x 9 1/2 in. (19.37 x 24.13 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: P2021.13.180

James Farmer, former head of the Congress of Racial Equality, during a news conference at which Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller praised Mayor John V. Lindsay as a leader, but declined to say whether Lindsay should be appointed to fill the seat of slain Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Farmer's presence fueled speculation that he might be named to fill Kennedy's seat. Rockefeller said Farmer had a good understanding of national problems, but stopped there, New York.

James Farmer (1920-1999) was a Civil Rights activist and leader in the Civil Rights Movement who pushed for nonviolent protest to dismantle segregation. He served alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. Farmer was the initiator and organizer of the 1961 Freedom Ride, which eventually led to the desegregation of interstate transportation in the United States. In 1942, Farmer co-founded the Committee of Racial Equality in Chicago with George Houser and Bernice Fisher. It was later called the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and it was dedicated to ending racial segregation in the United States through nonviolence.

On verso: manuscript title and date stamp.

Ferrotyped prints have a sensitive surface, usually shiny and thinner, because they are put through a press while still wet. Ferrotyping makes the surface of the photograph smoother. Light does not scatter as much on a smoother surface, so this increases contrast. That makes ferrotyped images better for press photography.

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  • Image Dimensions: 7 5/8 x 9 1/2 in. (19.37 x 24.13 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 1/16 x 10 in. (20.48 x 25.4 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin

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