Crowds waiting for Johnson in N.Y. (LOC)

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Crowds waiting for Johnson in N.Y.

[between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative.
Photograph shows crowds waiting for African American boxer, John Arthur ("Jack") Johnson (1878-1946) during a visit to New York City which began on July 11, 1910. Jackson appeared for a week at Hammerstein's Theatre. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2011 and New York Times, July 12, 1910)
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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Call Number: LC-B2- 2242-1

kelleyw, elmyrah, tdcal51, and 7 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. dale.neighbors 87 months ago | reply

    This images is looking east from 42nd Street and 7th Avenue. The building shown on teh left in teh center is the Times Building. In the distance you see the platform for the Elevated on Sixth Avenue.

  2. artolog 87 months ago | reply

    great catch.. Now can you get the name of the theater? Hammerstein's something or another.

  3. Wystan 87 months ago | reply

    Hammerstein's Roof Garden, operated by Oscar Hammerstein I. He opened it in 1904, above two theaters that he owned: the Victoria and the Republic. Jack Johnson, the African-American world champion prizefighter, appeared at the Victoria Theater in July of 1910, for an engagement of several days.

  4. artolog 86 months ago | reply

    Thanks! Johnson was a key figure, maybe even a tragic figure, in the history of rase relations in America.

  5. Wystan 55 months ago | reply

    The New York Times, on July 12, 1910, ran a story about Johnson's tumultuous welcome in New York City. (This was right after his victory in Reno over former heavyweight champion James Jeffries, "The Great White Hope," cemented Johnson's claim to the title):

  6. Arden (LOC P&P) 49 months ago | reply

    Thanks Wystan and Shadrach Christopoulos for the additional information on boxer Jack Johnson and his appearance in New York City. We will add some to the description when we update the database.

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