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Mark Godfrey

Blair Justice on the Scene during Riot in August 1967. Arsonists threw fire bombs in the Scott St. area, Houston., August 1967
Vintage gelatin silver print on paper
7 1/2 x 9 7/16 in. (19.05 x 23.97 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: P2021.13.1219

The event labeled as the Houston Riot occurred on the Texas Southern University (TSU) campus in Houston, Texas in 1967. As with many other civil disturbances during the 1960s, underlying racial resentments prior to the event finally reached a tipping point. In this instance, however, much of the anger was directed at the TSU students and came from Houston police officers and thus should be labeled a police riot. Tensions between the Houston police and TSU students arose from the circumstances surrounding the death of 11-year-old Victor George who had drowned in a garbage-filled pond at Houston’s Holmes Road Dump on May 8, 1967. Many of these dumps were located in black majority neighborhoods because city had routinely and purposely arranged for these landfills to be in segregated parts of town.

On verso: manuscript title and date, date stamps, newspaper stamps and newspaper captions with date stamps affixed.

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  • Image Dimensions: 7 1/2 x 9 7/16 in. (19.05 x 23.97 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 x 9 15/16 in. (20.32 x 25.24 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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