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Title

  • James Earl Ray

Summary

  • Drawing shows James Earl Ray, full-length portrait, seated, facing slightly right, with left foot over right knee and left hand to cheek. James Earl Ray attemped to recant his 1969 guilty plea for the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. Memphis Judge Robert McCrae rejected his claim, and with the exception of a 1977 brief prison escape, Ray spent the rest of his life in jail.

Names

  • Kenny, Aggie, artist

Created / Published

  • [Place not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [1974]

Headings

  • -  Ray, James Earl,--1928-1998--Trials, litigation, etc
  • -  King, Martin Luther,--Jr.,--1929-1968--Assassination
  • -  Judicial proceedings--Tennessee--Memphis--1960-1970

Headings

  • Courtroom sketches--Color--1970-1980.
  • Drawings--Color--1970-1980.
  • Portrait drawings--Color--1970-1980.

Genre

  • Portrait drawings--Color--1970-1980
  • Courtroom sketches--Color--1970-1980
  • Drawings--Color--1970-1980

Notes

  • -  Caption label from exhibit Drawing Justice: James Earl Ray Attempts to Throw Out His Previous Plea. In October 1974, James Earl Ray attempted to recant his confession for the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr., in Memphis, Tennessee. Aggie Kenny who traveled to Memphis to cover the hearing, drew Ray as he attempted to argue that he was not well-served by his previous attorney, Percy Foreman. Ray argued that his lawyer profited from a book contract with William Bradford Huie, author of He Slew the Dreamer, and had misled him about the consequences of his pleading guilty. In 1975, Judge Robert McRae rejected Ray's claim, and with the exception of a brief escape in 1977, Ray remained in prison for the rest of his life.
  • -  Title from item.
  • -  Signed as part of copyright statement at bottom center.
  • -  Blind stamp on lower right corner: Veritable papier d'Arches fin.
  • -  Forms part of: The Thomas V. Girardi Collection of Courtroom Illustration Drawings at the Library of Congress (Library of Congress).
  • -  Published in: The illustrated courtroom : 50 years of court art / Elizabeth Williams and Sue Russell. New York : CUNY Journalism Press, 2014, p. 217.
  • -  Exhibited: "Drawing Justice" at the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C., April - October 2017.

Medium

  • 1 drawing : charcoal and pastel on blue paper ; sheet 50 x 65 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • LOT 15614, no. 20 [P&P]

Repository

  • Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2016652893

Reproduction Number

  • LC-DIG-ppmsca-51004 (digital file from original)

Rights Advisory

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Online Format

  • image

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  • Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-51004 (digital file from original)
  • Call Number: LOT 15614, no. 20 [P&P]
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Chicago citation style:

Kenny, Aggie, Artist. James Earl Ray. Tennessee Memphis, 1974. [Place not identified: Publisher not identified] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2016652893/.

APA citation style:

Kenny, A. (1974) James Earl Ray. Tennessee Memphis, 1974. [Place not identified: Publisher not identified] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2016652893/.

MLA citation style:

Kenny, Aggie, Artist. James Earl Ray. [Place not identified: Publisher not identified] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2016652893/>.