Inside Ebenezer Baptist Church during first memorial to Dr. King, 1969

Photograph by
Henry, Horace C., American, born 1948
Subject of
Unidentified Child or Children
Unidentified Man or Men
Unidentified Woman or Women
Rev. Abernathy, Ralph David, American, 1926 - 1990
Printed by
Subject of
Ebenezer Baptist Church, American, founded 1886
January 15, 1969; printed 2011
ink on paper
H x W: 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
This was my first time ever taking pictures at an event. My brother in service had sent me a camera from overseas and I took it along just to have it. While insde the church with my fraternity brothers, a lady saw me with my camera and escorted me down to the front of the church with the news media.
This black and white photograph shows the interior of Ebenezer Baptist Church during the birthday commemoration for Martin Luther King Jr. in 1969. The seated audience can be seen in front of the camera facing the attendees seated on the chancel and Ralph David Abernathy, center, standing at the lectern to speak. Media equipment can be seen on the proper right and wreaths sit on the proper left. The church interior, including organ pipes and a central cross, are visible. The back of the photograph has a manufacturer's mark, photographer's stamp and a handwritten inscription.
Place captured
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
One Day in January: A Collection of Images Taken at Dr. King’s First Memorial Service
Media Arts-Photography
inkjet prints
Civil rights
U.S. History, 1961-1969
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Horace C. Henry
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Horace Henry
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