First day of Memphis integration, TN

Created by
Dr. Withers, Ernest C., American, 1922 - 2007
Subject of
Fombi, Menelik Chiremba, American, born 1955
Williams, Harry, American
Kyles, Dwania, American
Unidentified Woman or Women
Date
1961
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (Sheet): 16 × 20 in. (40.6 × 50.8 cm)
H x W (Image): 14 1/4 × 18 in. (36.2 × 45.7 cm)
Caption
These students, Michael Willis (now Menelik Fombi), Harry Williams, and Dwania Kyles, were three of the "Memphis 13," the group of thirteen first-graders who integrated four Memphis elementary schools on October 3, 1961. Willis, Williams and Kyles are pictured here on their way to Bruce Elementary School.
Description
Three children, Michael Willis (now Menelik Fombi), Harry Williams, and Dwania Kyles, smile from a car window on their way to school as a woman, left, looks on.
Place depicted
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Movement
Civil Rights Movement
Type
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Topic
Children
Civil rights
Education
Photography
U.S. History, 1953-1961
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2009.16.18
Restrictions & Rights
© Ernest C. Withers Trust
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5a5a80e7b-85ce-484c-a217-46cf25523dd7
1 image(s)