Soldiers Wait

Photograph of soldiers sitting in a store entryway during the Newark Riots

Image for Soldiers Wait
Created by
Benson, Harry, Scottish, born 1929
Published by
London Express, British
Subject of
Unidentified Man or Men
photographic gelatin and silver on photographic paper
H x W (Sheet and Image): 7 3/8 × 9 7/16 in. (18.7 × 24 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place depicted
Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, United States, North and Central America
July 1967
A black-and-white photograph of two armed men in U.S. Army uniforms sitting on the ground in a store entryway. The man on the left is slouched on the ground, and the lower half of a mannequin lies face-down on the ground to his right. The other man has his left hand holding up his rifle and he is looking directly at the photographer. In the window of the store there are four large photographs of women exhibiting different hairstyles. "Soul Sisters" is handwritten on the door behind the soldiers, intending to discourage looting during the 1967 Newark riots by indicating that this store is operated by African Americans.
African American
Civil rights
Race discrimination
Race relations
United States--History--1961-1969
Urban life
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Harry Benson/Getty Images . Permission required for use.
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Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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