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Peter, Paul & Mary singing the Pete Seeger/Lee Hays song “If I Had a Hammer” at the Civil Rights March on Washington - August 28, 1963.  


This week’s Friday Final Lines wrap up the experience of artist-activist William R. Christopher in 1965 following marching in Montgomery, AL. 

Christopher, his partner George Tooker, and colleague John Scotsford traveled to Montgomery to march to Selma and honor Rev. James Reeb.

According to the project description: “In March 1965, artist-activist William Christopher traveled to Selma, Alabama, in support of the Civil Rights Movement. In the previous week, state troopers had attacked protest marchers in Selma, and a white mob inflicted a fatal beating on James Reeb, a Unitarian minister. On March 15, Christopher attended Reeb’s memorial service, at which Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the eulogy. Afterwards, Christopher joined the crowd that marched with Dr. King to the Selma courthouse to lay a wreath in Reeb’s honor.

This project is shared by archivesofamericanart and needs review in the Transcription Center. Read more about William R. Christopher and his life via his papers at Archives of American Art.

This project, other diaries, and many collections make up the stories shared on the Transcription Center by archives. Be sure to check out this series of Archives Month blog posts to learn more about what is held here in the many archives of the Smithsonian Institution