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Associated Press [Photographed of Destrpyed Pawn Shop After Harlem Riot]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09733.18 Author/Creator: Associated Press Place Written: New York, New York Type: Photograph Date: 19 July 1964 Pagination: 1 photograph : b&w ; 21.3 x 26.3 cm

Summary of Content: One photograph by Associated Press dated July 19, 1964. Photograph features a pawn shop that had been destroyed during the Harlem Riot. The caption explains that the pawn shop is on Lenox Ave. between 125th and 126th Street. The steel guard has been twisted off, so that part of it lies flat on the floor while part of it hangs off the front of the store. Two policemen secure the shop to ensure that nothing is stolen. Three other people survey the damage to the shop. The riots formed out of a protest against the shooting of James Powell a 15 year old, African American, shot by a white off-duty police officer Thomas Gilligan.

Background Information: Collection of photographs and some maps showing riots and some other Civil Rights events/developments, focusing on Harlem and New York from the 1940s through the 1960s.

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Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Subjects: African American HistoryAfrican AmericansCivil Rights MovementCivil RightsPoliceProtestsSegregationNew YorkRace discrimination

Sub Era: The Civil Rights Movement

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