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Photograph by:
Horace C. Henry, American, born 1948  Search this
Subject of:
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1906  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 depicted:
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
January 15, 1969; printed 2011
Dr. King was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and members of the Eta Lambda Graduate Chapter laid this wreath at his tomb to honor, to celebrate, to rejoice and remember the life of a King.
....And all of this happened ... "One Day In January". - HORACE C. HENRY-
This black and white photograph were taken the day of the first commemorative event for Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday in 1969. The photograph shows the marble tomb, center, of King's original burial site at South-View Cemetery. The tomb reads [REV MARTIN LUTHER KING JR / 1929-1968 / "FREE AT LAST, FREE AT LAST, / THANK GOD ALMIGHTY I'M FREE AT LAST."]
There is a space in front of the headstone that is filled with small pebbles and lined in stone. At the bottom of the photograph is a small ceremonial flame sitting on the rocks. Between the tomb and the flame, there is a wreath with a cursive signature [Alpha Phi Alpha / Eta Lambda Chapter]. The flowers are in the shape of the Alpha Phi Alpha greek letters. The wreath is leaning against the tomb with the the flowers and bottom half of the inscription visible.
The back of the photograph has a manufacturer's mark, and handwritten and printer's inscriptions.
African American  Search this
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Baptist  Search this
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Funeral customs and rites  Search this
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Religious rituals and ceremonies  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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© 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