Gelatin silver print, wirephoto
Image: 16.6 x 22 cm (6 9/16 x 8 11/16 in.); Paper: 20.6 x 25.3 cm (8 1/8 x 9 15/16 in.)
Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2021.28
Here the lack of action tells a significant tale of one small step in the struggle to attain equal voting rights for Black people in the South in 1965.
For days this street had been packed with police. They were restraining demonstrators from marching to a memorial service for their fellow protestor, a minister who had been murdered by white segregationists. The protesters were finally allowed to march, leaving the street deserted except for an ominous shadow. For those who knew the story, this dark blot might symbolize the blood of the fallen minister, or a blot of shame on the town for its treatment of the protestors.
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