Photo Record

Object Name Print, Photographic
Catalog Number 2007.083.001.i
Description Black and white photograph of a fire hose being used to disperse a crowd during the Chattanooga sit-ins of February 1960.

This was taken on the fourth day of protests. Around 5:00 pm that day, police in Chattanooga began the notorious fire hose crowd control tactic that is strongly associated with the Civil Rights movement. Water from a fire hose sprayed from the right side of the photograph at a small crowd gathered in front of several stores, including Thom McAn and Edwards & LeBron. People appeared to be taking shelter from the water in the doorway of Thom McAn's. The mist from the spray and the shadow of the doorway make it difficult to see who is being sprayed, though most outside of the doorway appear to be young white men. A white Thunderbird parked on the street also obstructs the view.

The name "Mooney" is written on the back.
Date 1960
Print size 4.00" x 5.00"
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Lexicon sub-category Documentary Artifact
Accession number 2007.083