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John Lewis and Julian Bond

John Lewis and Julian Bond
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Artist
Danny Lyon, born 16 Mar 1942
Sitter
Julian Bond, 14 Jan 1940 - 15 Aug 2015
John Robert Lewis, 21 Feb 1940 - 17 Jul 2020
Date
1963
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 31.4 x 21.5cm (12 3/8 x 8 7/16")
Sheet: 35.6 x 27.8cm (14 x 10 15/16")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© Danny Lyon/Magnum Photos
Object number
NPG.94.257
Exhibition Label
Eighteen days after Martin Luther King delivered his stirring "I Have a Dream" speech before tens of thousands at the March on Washington, 400 parishioners gathered for Sunday services in the Birmingham, Alabama, church that recently had served as the headquarters for King's desegregation initiatives in that city. At 10:22 a.m. on September 15, 1963, dynamite planted by white extremists ripped through the basement of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, killing Sunday school students Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robinson, and Cynthia Wesley. As grieving families and congregants mourned these young victims of racial hatred, civil rights activists assembled in Birmingham to attend the girls' funeral. Among those present were Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) leaders Julian Bond (second from left) and John Lewis (third from right), who were captured in this image by SNCC photographer Danny Lyon as they stood across the street from the bomb-blasted church.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Place
United States\Alabama\Jefferson\Birmingham