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Associated Press Captured in Harlem Battle

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09733.01 Author/Creator: Associated Press Place Written: New York, New York Type: Photograph Date: 2 August 1943 Pagination: 1 photograph : b&w ; 18.7 x 26 cm Order a Copy

One photograph entitled "Captured in Harlem Battle" dated August 2, 1943. Image is of two Black men being led into a police station by two officers in Harlem, New York. Wire transfer information states that the men's arrest were tied to neighborhood violence between Black residents and police officers. The newspaper clipping of the photograph and caption are pasted to the back. The caption states that almost 200 people were shot and 400 people arrested.

The article is referring to the Harlem Riots of 1943 which took place between August 1 and August 2. The riots took place after a white police officer, James Collins, shot and wounded Robert Bandy, an African-American soldier; and rumors circulated that the soldier had been killed.

Bandy, Robert, 1917-?
Collins, James, fl. 1943

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