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James H. Meredith speaks near Hernando, Mississippi during a march from Memphis, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi to encourage blacks to register to vote, June 6, 1966
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
8 5/8 x 6 7/16 in. (21.91 x 16.35 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: P2021.13.1443

James H. Meredith, first black to integrate and graduate from the University of Mississippi, speaks near Hernando, Mississippi during a 225-mile march from Memphis, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi to encourage blacks to register to vote.

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 highlight 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.

Associated Press ID #6606061338

On verso: manuscript title and date.

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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  • Image Dimensions: 8 5/8 x 6 7/16 in. (21.91 x 16.35 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 9 1/8 x 6 15/16 in. (23.18 x 17.62 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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