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Associated Press [Photograph of Men Running from Police in Harlem]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09733.09 Author/Creator: Associated Press Place Written: New York, New York Type: Photograph Date: 19 July 1964 Pagination: 1 photograph : b&w ; 21.4 x 26.4 cm

Summary of Content: One photograph by the Associated Press dated July 19 1964. Features African American men and policemen in Harlem. The caption explains that discontent crowds had formed after the funeral of James Powell a 15 year old, African American, shot by a white off-duty police officer Thomas Gilligan. Police used nightsticks to break up the crowd. In the photograph, there are two policemen and a group of people in front of a barber shop. Crowd is scattering, some running, in two directions.

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

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Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Subjects: African American HistoryAfrican AmericansCivil Rights MovementCivil RightsNew YorkPoliceProtestsSegregationRace discrimination

Sub Era: The Civil Rights Movement

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