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    Press Photographs (17) of Chicago Riots after the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A group of seventeen black and white images, most measuring 10" x 8.5", Chicago; April 5-6, 1968. Following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. there was widespread rioting across the country. These aerial photographs show the destruction caused by fires and looting in Chicago, including a burning church, looting and damage to the Century Furniture, Clothing and Supply Store, and the National Guard and police putting out fires along West Madison Street.

    The riots originated on the West side of Chicago and ultimately engulfed a 28-block section, with damage to West Madison Street, Oakley Boulevard, Spaulding Avenue and Roosevelt Road. On April 5, 36 major fires occurred within a six-hour period. Chicago's Mayor Daley imposed a curfew, and nearly 11,000 police officers were sent in. Later, President Lyndon Johnson ordered 6,700 National Guard troops and 5,000 Army soldiers into the city. At the end of the 48-hour rioting period, 11 were killed, 500 injured, and 2,150 arrested. The cost of damages was estimated at approximately $10 million.

    Condition: Light toning at edges, with some wear and creasing at corners. There are some small areas of soiling in places. Photographs are mildly curled at edges. Overall good.


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    January, 2019
    15th Tuesday
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