Ministers' March

Image for Ministers' March
Photograph by
Jones, Laura, Canadian
Subject of
Rev. Abernathy, Ralph David, American, 1926 - 1990
Thom, Mel, born 1938
Poor People's Campaign, American, 1967 - 1968
H x W: 4988 pixels × 7559 pixels (4988 × 7559 cm)
digital images
digital media - born analog
Place depicted
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
A black and white digital image of a crowd marching.
Ralph Abernathy and Mel Thom march with a crowd. The Washington Monument is in the background. The person on the far proper right side is wearing sunglasses, a white collared shirt, and a coat. They're holding hands with a priest. The priest is wearing a black short sleeve shirt and pants, a white religious collar, a chain with a crucifix, and a pinback button. His mouth is open and his proper left arm is bent. He is wearing a watch and a ring. His left arm is linked with Mel Thom, the man next to him. The man is wearing a plaid button down shirt and pants. He is wearing a bracelet on his proper left wrist. His left arm is linked with the right arm of Reverend Ralph D. Abernathy. Rev. Abernathy is wearing a short sleeve collared button down with vertical stripes, pants, and a jacket tied around his waist. He has a mustache and is holding sheets of paper in his hands. He is w earing a ring on his proper left hand. There is a woman on his proper left side. She is wearing a plaid button down dress with a belt, a brimmed hat, and several pinback buttons. She is holding onto Rev. Abernathy with her right hand and her proper left hand is across her stomach. The woman on her proper left side is linking arms with her. The woman is wearing a sweater, a pleated skirt, earrings, a necklace with a peace sign, and a pinback button. She has a white towel draped over her proper left shoulder.
Many of the people have their mouths open and they appear to be chanting something during their march.
African American
Civil rights
Local and regional
Politics (Practical)
United States--History--1961-1969
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Laura Jones
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Laura Jones
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Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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