Friday, December 4, 2015

Sit-in at the Woolworths lunch counter in Jackson, Mississippi, 1963

Annie Moody (far right) was a student at Tougaloo College in Jackson. Mustard and ketchup drip off her forehead. Joan Trumpauer (center), also a student at Tougaloo, had been doused with mustard, ketchup, water, Coca-Cola, and spray paint. Tougaloo professor John Salter (left) is covered in condiments and blood. He had been hit with brass knuckles.

The all-white police force allowed several hundred people to torment them before arresting the protesters.

It was a photograph which was widely reprinted back then, but not much since; of the United States’ civil rights struggle in the 1960s and the 1970s, many iconic photos had been made, but only a handful conveys the scale of anger and hatred this photo captured on May 28, 1963.

The moment was captured by Jackson Daily News photographer Fred Blackwell, who stood atop the lunch counter to take pictures.

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