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Mr Isaac Farris Sr., Dr. King's brother-in-law and Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, president of Morehouse College, seated in audience

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Photograph by:
Horace C. Henry, American, born 1948  Search this
Subject of:
Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, American, 1894 - 1984  Search this
Isaac Newton Farris Sr., American, 1930 - 2000  Search this
Unidentified Child or Children  Search this
Unidentified Man or Men  Search this
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
Ebenezer Baptist Church, American, founded 1886  Search this
Printed by:
Unidentified  Search this
ink on paper
H x W: 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
inkjet prints
Place captured:
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
January 15, 1969; printed 2011
Seated (left) on front row of picture is Mr. Isaac Farris Sr., Dr. King's brother-in-law. Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays can be seen at the extreme right. Dr. Mays was president of Morehouse College when a young Martin Luther King Jr. was a student there.
This black and white photograph shows the crowd for Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday commemoration in 1969 at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Most attendees are seated throughout the photograph. There are some people standing against the back wall and in the upper gallery. Isaac Farris Sr. is seated in the first row on the proper right. Benjamin Mays can be seen in the same first row, with a gap between the two men, on the proper left. The back of the photograph has a manufacturer's mark, photographer's stamp and a handwritten inscription.
African American  Search this
Baptist  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Photography  Search this
Religion  Search this
Religious rituals and ceremonies  Search this
The Black Church  Search this
U.S. History, 1961-1969  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Horace C. Henry
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Restrictions & Rights:
© Horace Henry
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
One Day in January: A Collection of Images Taken at Dr. King’s First Memorial Service
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture