Elijah Muhammad Remembered

Created by
Terry, Roderick, American
Subject of
Unidentified Man or Men
Muhammad, Elijah, American, 1897 - 1975
Nation of Islam, American, founded 1930
Million Man March, American, founded 1995
Printed by
Penn Camera, American, 1954 - 2012
Date
October 16, 1995
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (Image): 13 11/16 x 10 5/8 in. (34.8 x 27 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm)
Description
This black-and-white photograph depicts a man holding a painting of Elijah Muhammed and another individual, possibly a key figure in the Nation of Islam. In the painting, Elijah Muhammed is wearing a dark suit and dark taqiyah decorated with crescent moon and stars. The other figure is wearing a white suit and taqiyah, also decorated with crescent moon and stars. There is a large crescent moon with starburst painted behind them, and their hands are raised in prayer position with palms open upward. The man holding this painting is middle aged, in a white fedora, white shirt with collar turned up, and Malcom X sweatshirt. He holds the painting against his right shoulder, and gazes around the frame to the viewer's left.
Cultural Place
National Mall, Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Portfolio/Series
One Million Strong
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Type
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Topic
Activism
Civil rights
Local and regional
Men
Photography
Religious groups
U.S. History, 1969-2001
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Roderick Terry
Object number
2013.99.48
Restrictions & Rights
© Roderick Terry
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd547b0a437-b37b-4052-826c-ad56d07d8ebf