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Girl in a picket line before Mid-City Realty Company in south Chicago

Date July 1941
Location Chicago Illinois United States
Dimensions Image: 13 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. (34.3 x 26 cm)
Paper: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm)
Print medium Photo-Gelatin silver

In 1941, in response to a planned March on Washington by 100,000 African Americans demanding "the right to work and fight for our country," President Roosevelt mandated a national policy of non-discriminatory hiring in defense industries and government work. Although he instituted the Fair Employment Practices, the commission was less effective than had been hoped. However, the much-celebrated victory encouraged activism such as that shown in John Vachon's 1941 pictures of picketers against unfair housing and employment practices at the Mid-City Realty Company and as Bowman Dairy.

Credit line

Museum Purchase, 2003

Feedback Accession No. 87.2003