[MEREDITH, James H. (b. 1933)]. Press photograph of Meredith following shooting at his March Against Fear. Jackson, MS, 26 June [1966].

6 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. silver gelatin photograph (some creasing along lower margin, including lower right corner). Credit in negative in lower margin; light pencil notations on verso. 

James Meredith (b. 1933), the first African American student admitted to the University of Mississippi, organized and led a solo 220-mile March Against Fear from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi, to shed light on continuing racism in the South and encourage voter registration following passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The march began on June 6, 1966, and on the following day, Meredith was shot and wounded by a white gunman. While Meredith recovered from his wounds at a hospital, leaders of various organizations rallied around his cause and continued to march in his name. Over two weeks later, Meredith rejoined the march, and when it reached Jackson, he was the featured speaker at the rally held at the Mississippi State Capitol on June 26. An estimated 15,000 marchers participated, making it the largest civil rights march in Mississippi. 

The photograph shows Meredith being interviewed at the rally, with the caption noting that the "side and back of Meredith's head was shaven  to remove buckshot after he was shot from ambush...on the second day of his march." 

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