Burt Glinn (1925 – 2008)
Jefferson Thomas, »One of the Nine«, Arkansas, USA, September 1957
From the series »Little Rock Desegregation Crisis«
In 1957, three years after the official repeal of racial segregation in American schools, nine black students were admitted to Little Rock Central High School for the first time. But the governor of Arkansas opposed the decision of the federal court and refused the »Little Rock Nine« admission to the classes.
Riots followed and finally President Eisenhower sent thousands of National Guardsmen. The »Little Rock Nine« ended the school year under military protection. Magnum photographer Burt Glinn, who created a detailed reportage of the events, took this portrait of Jefferson Thomas (1942–2010).
Vintage Gelatin silver print
Image dimensions 30,4 x 20,5 cm (30,4 x 20,5 inch)
Single weight paper, semi-glossy surface
»Photo Magnum« stamp on the reverse
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