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Photograph by:
United Press International, American, founded 1907  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 6 x 8 5/8 in. (15.2 x 21.9 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 7 x 9 in. (17.8 x 22.9 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place depicted:
Canton, Madison County, Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
July 1966
Captured during the March Against Fear in Canton, Mississippi, this black-and-white photograph depicts marchers who are trying to escape from their tents that have just been attacked with tear gas by Mississippi state troopers. The marchers are depicted mostly crawling on the ground beneath large clouds of tear gas. A few are standing or running. Multiple tent structures are visible amidst the clouds. In the foreground of the photograph, a line of troopers with helmets, gas masks, billy clubs, and rifles stand facing the fleeing marchers. At the far right, one of the troopers breaks the line and advances towards the marchers. A yellow paper with a typed description of the event is attached to the bottom of the photograph.
African American  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Photography  Search this
Police brutality  Search this
U.S. History, 1961-1969  Search this
Violence  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Howard Greenberg Gallery
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National Museum of African American History and Culture