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Elderly woman demonstrating at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington D.C., August 28, 1963 (printed 1987)
Ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
7 x 4 13/16 in. (17.78 x 12.22 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams
Accession Number: P2021.9.27

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, also known simply as the March on Washington or The Great March on Washington, was held in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, August 28, 1963. The purpose of the march was to advocate for the civil and economic rights of black Americans. At the march, the final speaker was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, he delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech in which he called for an end to racism.

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

On verso: Two stamps in blue ink in upper right corner, "JAN 21 1987" over "FEB 17 1995". Handwritten in graphite along top edge: "CVL-DC-042.8 2000". Additional inscriptions handwritte in blue ink and in black grease pencil were cut off when the photograph got cropped.

Sheet: 8 1/16 x 5 1/8

Ferrotyped prints are processed in such a way that they are shiny. The print has a sensitive surface, usually thinner, because it was put through a press while still wet.

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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