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Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. hugs grandson Dexter, 20, after he preached his first sermon to the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, July 7, 1974
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 3/4 x 9 7/16 in. (17.15 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: P2021.13.134

"Another King's Coming on the Scene": Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. hugs grandson Derek, 20, after he preached his first sermon Sunday night to the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the fourth generation of his family to preach there. A week ago, he helped subdue the man who shot his grandmother as she played the organ. Young King is the son of the late A. D. King, who drowned in 1969, and the nephew of slain Civil Rights leader Martin Luther, Jr. Reverend King said of the ministerial student "Another King's coming on the scene".

Martin Luther King, Sr. (1899-1984) was an American Baptist pastor and missionary. He was an early figure in the Civil Rights Movement. He was the father of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: manuscript title, date and library stamp.

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: 6 3/4 x 9 7/16 in. (17.15 x 23.97 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 1/16 x 10 in. (20.48 x 25.4 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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