Resurrection City: Untitled
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- Photograph by
- Jill Freedman, American, born 1939
- Subject of
- Poor People's Campaign, American, 1967 - 1968
- Unidentified Man or Men
- Southern Christian Leadership Conference, American, founded 1957
- As the United States emerged in the 1960s as a global model of wealth and democracy, an estimated 35 million Americans lived in poverty.
- From the elderly and underemployed to children and persons with disabilities, poverty affected people of every race, age, and region. Although President Lyndon B. Johnson had declared a “war on poverty” in 1964, social inequalities and unequal access to opportunities left many Americans struggling. Soon, many people felt the Vietnam War undermined the War on Poverty and other domestic issues.
- In response, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph David Abernathy, organized a Poor People’s Campaign to confront poverty as a national human rights issue and help move it out of the shadows of the Vietnam War. As a multiethnic movement, thousands of Americans of all races and backgrounds descended on Washington, D.C. in May and June of 1968 for the six-week, live-in demonstration known as "Resurrection City," marking a new era in American history.
- Photographer Jill Freedman captured this image of a SCLC marshal in Resurrection City wearing a pinback button with the Greek letter “Omega,” a symbol used by the draft resistance and anti-war movement.
- A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of man wearing an SCLC marshall badge and an Omega button. The man sits looking towards the camera, with his head tilted slightly down. He has wavy hair and a goatee with mustache. He wears a light button-down shirt with a darker color jacket. On the jacket is a SCLC Marshall badge that reads [POOR PEOPLES CAMPAIGN / NAME (RAYMOND MURRY / ADDRESS (CHICAGO ILLINOIS / BLOOD TYPE (IF KNOWN) [illegible] / SIGNATURE [illegible] / SCLC / 1401 U. STREET, NW / WASHINGTON, D.C. / [illegible] / MARSHAL]. Beneath the badge is an anti-Vietnam War draft pinback button with the Greek letter Omega on it. The print is signed on the back in graphite [Jill Freedman].
- Credit Line
- Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
- 1968; printed September 2017
- Object number
- Restrictions & Rights
- © Jill Freedman
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- gelatin silver prints
- silver and photographic gelatin and photographic paper
- H x W (Image): 12 15/16 × 8 11/16 in. (32.9 × 22 cm)
- H x W (Sheet): 13 3/4 × 10 7/8 in. (35 × 27.7 cm)
- Place depicted
- Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
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- National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
- Resurrection City
- Media Arts-Photography
- African American - Latinx Solidarity
- Poor People's Campaign
- Anti-war movements
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
- African American
- Local and regional
- Race relations
- U.S. History, 1961-1969
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975
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