May 07, 2020 - Sale 2534

Sale 2534 - Lot 276

Price Realized: $ 5,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
(KING, MARTIN LUTHER.) Union Justice Now! Poster, 21 1/2 x 14 inches; worn with a heavy horizontal crease and 1-inch puncture (apparently where previously mounted on a stick). Memphis, TN, [April 1968]

Additional Details

Martin Luther King's final public appearance was at a 3 April 1968 rally for the black sanitation workers of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in Memphis. The participants carried two printed signs: the iconic "I Am a Man," and "Union Justice Now!" On 8 April, both signs appeared at the rally to commemorate King, along with one reading "Honor King: End Racism!" This "Union Justice Now!" sign bears indications of use at one or both of these historic events, and serves as a reminder that Dr. King died while supporting the rights of union workers. None traced at auction since a Swann sale, 17 February 2000, lot 118.