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James H. Meredith said today that troops, marshals and newsmen are making his studies at the University of Mississippi difficult, November 10, 1962
Vintage wire photograph on paper
7 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (19.69 x 13.97 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: P2021.13.1441

Commentary
Wants Normal Student Life: James H. Meredith said today that troops, marshals and newsmen are making his studies at the University of Mississippi difficult. He is the first black student ever knowingly admitted. At a special news conference here, Meredith strongly hinted that he would like the protective guard removed. He denied reports that he was planning to withdraw from the university, but he admitted he was having difficulties and was considering the use of tutors. Meredith missed two exams when he abruptly left the campus "to think about it awhile" on Thursday.

James Howard Meredith (born June 25, 1933) is a trailblazer in the Civil Rights Movement. In 1962, he became the first black student admitted to the University of Mississippi, following an intense legal battle in the federal courts. In 1966, Meredith planned a solo 220-mile March Against Fear from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi to hi: ghlight continuing racism in the South and encourage voter registration after passage of the Voting Rights Act. The second day, he was shot by a white gunman and suffered numerous wounds. Leaders of major organizations vowed to complete the march in his name after he was taken to the hospital. During his recovery, more people from across the country became involved as marchers. Meredith rejoined the march. When he and other leaders entered Jackson on June 26, they were leading an estimated 15,000 marchers in what was the largest Civil Rights march in Mississippi.

Marks
On recto: typewritten title and date.

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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Dimensions
  • Image Dimensions: 7 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (19.69 x 13.97 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 7/16 x 6 1/2 in. (21.43 x 16.51 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen


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