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    Race Riots in New York Press Photographs (4).
    Four black and white photographs, various sizes
    New York; circa 1940s

    A group of photographs from the August 1943 Harlem riot and the September 1949 Peekskill riot.

    The Harlem riot of 1943 took place on August 1-2, after a white police officer shot and wounded an African American soldier, Robert Bandy. The officer had been attempting to arrest a black woman at the Braddock Hotel for disturbing the peace. Bandy stepped in to prevent the woman's arrest, and in the ensuing confrontation, the officer shot him in the shoulder. There are varying accounts as to whether Bandy had assaulted the officer or whether Bandy had hesitated in returning the police officer's nightstick after it was thrown at him. Regardless, Bandy was taken to the hospital and rumors were spread that he had been killed. A riot broke out, and after the dust settled, nearly 1,500 stores were burglarized, 700 people were injured, and six people had been killed. The two photographs from this event shows police responding to two casualties from the Harlem riots.

    Six years later, the Peekskill riots kicked off at Cortlandt Manor, New York, after the announcement of a concert by black singer Paul Robeson. Robeson was known to be pro-trade union and a civil rights activist, and the riots were started by anti-communist and anti-Semitic supporters, as well as KKK supporters. The first concert was rescheduled after a mob bad gathered and a burning cross was seen on a nearby hillside. The rescheduled concert was held on September 4, 1949, and was relatively incident free, although it was patrolled by approximately 1,200 police officers. One photograph shows a felled African-American man at the concert, while the other shows demonstrators at the Albany Capitol, protesting the riot and the Klan.

    Condition: Light toning and wear at edges, else very good.

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