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Associated Press Police Frisk Harlem Youths

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09733.30 Author/Creator: Associated Press Place Written: New York, New York Type: Photograph Date: 22 July 1964 Pagination: 1 photograph : b&w ; 20.6 x 25.2 cm

Summary of Content: One wirephoto entitled "Police Frisk Harlem Youths," taken by Associated Press dated July 22, 1964. Image is of two Black men being searched by police officers. Wire transfer information states that the men had been stopped during the riots. Helmeted-police continued to stay in the area to "curb incidents."

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: PoliceProtestsCivil Rights MovementCivil RightsAfrican American History

Sub Era: The Civil Rights Movement

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