Shooting of James Meredith, Hernando, Mississippi

Photograph by
Thornell, Jack R., American, born 1939
Subject of
Meredith, James, American, born 1933
Date
1967
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (sheet): 11 × 13 15/16 in. (27.9 × 35.4 cm)
H x W (image): 10 7/16 × 13 5/8 in. (26.5 × 34.6 cm)
Description
This gelatin silver print captures James Meredith as he crawls across the sidewalk after being shot during the initial stage of the March Against Fear (1966). He faces away from the camera, hands braced on the ground to support his body weight while his legs sprawl awkwardly on the ground. Meredith is in the approximate right middle ground of the photograph; pavement dominates the foreground while trees dominate the background. There is handwriting in blue ink in the bottom right corner of the print which reads: [Sandy/Sorry I didn't have this in/color Too!/Jack Thornell].
Movement
Civil Rights Movement
Place depicted
Hernando, DeSoto County, Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Type
gelatin silver prints
Topic
American South
Civil rights
Hate crimes
Justice
Photography
Violence
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2014.166.3
Restrictions & Rights
© Jack R. Thornell. Permission required for use.
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd58d64a63b-9ae1-48ac-afaf-dfa28175ca49