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United Press International [Photograph of Injured Woman and Policemen in Harlem Riots]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09733.08 Author/Creator: United Press International Place Written: New York, New York Type: Photograph Date: 19 July 1964 Pagination: 1 photograph : b&w ; 26.3 x 21.6 cm

Summary of Content: One photograph by United Press International dated July 19, 1964. Features a woman being assisted by three policemen. Caption explains that she was injured during a riot in Harlem, described as a "debris-and-missile-throwing melee." The fighting took place after the fatal shooting of James Powell a 15 year old, African American, by a white off-duty police officer Thomas Gilligan. Rioters used bottles, clubs, bricks and Molotov cocktails against 300 policemen. Caption indicates that the picture should not be used within 60 miles of New York City.

Background Information: The Harlem race riot of 1964, took place over six days starting on July 18, 1964, in the Manhattan neighborhood of Harlem after a white off-duty police officer Thomas Gilligan shot and killed ...an African American 15-year-old James Powell. At the conclusion of the riot 1 person was dead, more than 100 had been injured, and more than 450 had been arrested.See More


Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Subjects: Race discriminationAfrican American HistoryAfrican AmericansCivil Rights MovementCivil RightsPoliceProtestsSegregation

Sub Era: The Civil Rights Movement

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