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Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard E. L. Edwards waits outside a Grand Jury chamber. The state is seeking indictments for the bombing of the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation Temple in Atlanta., October 17, 1958
Vintage wire photograph on paper
9 7/16 x 7 9/16 in. (23.97 x 19.21 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: P2021.13.423

Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard E. L. Edwards leafs through a copy of a Salvation Army publication as he leans against a wall outside the Grand Jury chamber. The state is seeking indictments in connection with the October 12 bombing of an Atlanta Jewish Temple. Edwards said he was attending the hearing "as an interested bystander," to be "sure my organization is not dragged into this thing."

The Hebrew Benevolent Congregation Temple bombing occurred in Atlanta on October 12, 1958. The temple housed a Reform Jewish congregation. The building was damaged extensively by the dynamite-fueled explosion, but no one was injured. Five suspects were arrested almost immediately after the bombing. One of them, George Bright, was tried twice. His first trial ended with a hung jury and his second with an acquittal. As a result of Bright's acquittal the other suspects were not tried. No one was ever convicted of the bombing.

On recto: typewritten title and date.

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: 9 7/16 x 7 9/16 in. (23.97 x 19.21 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 10 x 8 1/8 in. (25.4 x 20.64 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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