Charles Tignor Duncan [cellulose acetate photonegative, ca. 1937]
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)
Duncan, Charles Tignor 1925-2004
Silver gelatin on cellulose acetate film sheet
African Americans Washington (D.C.)
Duncan "was a calm and reserved man who is best known for having successfully handled a torrent of legal firestorms, criminal and civil, in his native Washington over several decades. From the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, to which Mr. Duncan contributed a brief, to the drafting of the curfew order quelling the violence in Washington after the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Mr. Duncan was a key lawyer on the scene of some of the city's greatest trials. His service as corporation counsel from 1966 to 1970 officially made him the District's top lawyer..." (from the Washington Post, June 19, 2004.
Ink on negative: "Master CharlesTignor 2- 8x10 neg." A portrait of the young Charles Tignor Duncan with his hand in his pocket. No edge imprint.
Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History