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Tougaloo, Mississippi: James Meredith gets a change of bandages for wounds he received from a sniper's shotgun near here on June 6, June 25, 1966
Vintage wire photograph on paper
8 1/4 x 5 13/16 in. (20.96 x 14.76 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams
Accession Number: P2021.9.53

Tougaloo, Mississippi: James Meredith gets a change of bandages for wounds he received from a sniper's shotgun near here on June 6. Meredith and some 300 marchers biked from the Canton, Mississippi Court House to Tougaloo College, a distance of 15 miles.

James Howard Meredith (born June 25, 1933) is a trailblazer in the Civil Rights Movement. In 1962, he became the first black American 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 highlight continuing racism in the South and to encourage voter registration after passage of the Voting Rights Act. On 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, and 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.

Donated to the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College by Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg on June 2, 2021.

On recto: typewritten title and date.

On verso: situated with date stamp.

Related Objects
Photograph P2021.9.29 is visible in two other photographs in this collection. It is on the front page of a newspaper visible in P2021.9.49, and it is a two-page spread in a magazine visible in P2021.9.52. Additionally, P2021.9.53 is an image of the man who was shot in P2021.9.29 getting his wounds bandaged.

Sheet: 9 x 7 1/16

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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