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Martin Luther King Jr. and Rev. Ralph Abernathy, John's County Jail, St. Augustine, FL, 1964

Unknown Photographer1964/1964

High Museum of Art

High Museum of Art
Atlanta, GA, United States

Dr. King and his fellow Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) leader Ralph Abernathy led a ten-person contingent to the Monson Motor Lodge in St. Augustine, Florida, in June 1964. They requested food at the restaurant but the owner, James Brock, refused them service. King engaged him a discussion that grew long and heated. King explained the kinds of humiliations blacks endured daily, to which Brock replied – smiling into the television cameras – “I would like to invite my many friends throughout the country to come to Monson’s. We expect to remain segregated.” The police arrived to arrest King and his group. They were held without bail in St. John’s County jail for several days.

Details

  • Title: Martin Luther King Jr. and Rev. Ralph Abernathy, John's County Jail, St. Augustine, FL, 1964
  • Creator: Unknown Photographer
  • Date: 1964/1964
  • Provenance: High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Purchase with funds from Elaine L. Levin
  • Type: Photographs
  • Rights: Photo © 2015 High Museum of Art
  • Medium: Vintage gelatin silver print
  • Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches

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