Photo Record

Object Name Print, Photographic
Catalog Number 2007.083.001.hh
Description Black and white photograph of fire hoses used as crowd control on Market Street near 9th Street during the February 1960 sit-ins in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

This was taken on the fourth day of protests. Around 5:00 that day, police in Chattanooga began the notorious fire-hose crowd control tactic that is strongly associated with the Civil Rights movement. A fire hose sprayed from the right side of the camera at a crowd in front of Edwards & LeBron Jewelry, Olshine's Clothing, Hardie & Caudle, Davidson clothes, Peacock's Jewelers, and a hamburger shop. It is unclear whether the people being sprayed were African-American or white due to the mist from the spray. People attempted to take shelter under awnings over storefronts. Some people even watch from second story windows and balconies.

The name "Mooney" is written on the back, referring to the newspaper photographer.
Date 1960
Print size 4.00" x 5.00"
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Lexicon sub-category Documentary Artifact
Related Publications This is a similar view as photograph 2007.083.001.i, except that a much larger crowd is visible.
Accession number 2007.083