Louisiana Division
New Orleans Public Library

Marion James Porter
Date range:   ca. 1960-1964
Size of collection:   13 prints (8" x 10")
Source: Deposit by Charlene Legaux Porter, 1984
Terms of Access:   Available to registered researchers by appointment
Copyright Information:   All rights belong to the Porter family. These photos are available for research purposes only and may not be reproduced. Consult with an archivist for more information.

Biographical Note

A native of Donaldsonville, La., Porter grew up in New Orleans and attended Straight College. He did photographic work for the Louisiana Weekly and for Black Data Weekly and also served as the local photographer for such national publications as Ebony, Jet, and Black Enterprise. He also owned Porter's Photo News. Among his subjects over the years were celebrities such as President John F. Kennedy, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Halie Selassie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis, and Jesse Owens. His work documents the full range of African American activity in the Crescent City, from social occasions and sporting events to political rallies and civil rights protests.

Porter was a member of a number of local organizations, including the NAACP, the Urban League, and the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club. He was a veteran of World War II, having seen action at the Battle of the Bulge under the command of General George Patton. Marion Porter died of cancer in New Orleans on November 10, 1983 at the age of 74.

Scope and Contents

In 1984, the year after Porter's death, his widow deposited thirteen of her husband's prints in the Louisiana Division. The prints came to the Division without captions or other identifying information, but they all depict aspects of the civil rights movement in the Crescent City. In the Detailed Description of the Records that follows, we have created captions to identify individuals and locations shown in the photographs.

Detailed Description of the Photographs
Click on the thumbnails for a larger version of the photograph and additional detail, if available.
Campaign rally
Freedom Riders

Picketing on Dryades St.

Woolworth lunch counter

Strategy session

Reverend Alexander pickets

Another picketer

Picketer in the rain

The picketing continues

March on City Hall

March on City Hall

Registering to vote

Desegregated bus
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