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Jack Thornell

(Vicksburg, MS, August 29, 1939 - )

Jack R. Thornell with the camera he used to record James Meredith and his assailant at the time Meredith was shot. Thornell just won the 1967 Pulitzer Prize for news photography for that image., May 1, 1967
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
9 1/16 x 5 3/4 in. (23.02 x 14.61 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: P2021.13.1506

Gets Pulitzer for Meredith picture- Jack R. Thornell, Associated Press photographer in New Orleans, won the 1967 Pulitzer Prize for news photography on Monday. Thornell, 27, was cited for the picture he made of James Meredith being shot during the Mississippi march last June. Thornell is shown with the camera he used to record Meredith and the assailant at the time of the shooting.

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 Aubrey James Norvell, a white man, 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.

Jack Thornell won the 1967 Pulitzer Prize for his iconic photograph that captured the shooting incident.

On verso: manuscript title, date stamp and newspaper caption affixed.

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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  • Overall Dimensions: 9 1/16 x 5 3/4 in. (23.02 x 14.61 cm) Measured by Martin, Jack

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