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Father Groppi and Demonstrators

Father Groppi and Demonstrators
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Title: Father Groppi and Demonstrators
Description: Father James Groppi (1930-) and school desegregation demonstrators marching in Milwaukee holding signs that read "Stop School Segregation".

Image ID: 1925
Not known
City, State: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Classified File
Genre: Photograph
The original image is part of the Groppi collection. James Groppi, a Roman Catholic priest and prominent Milwaukee civil rights activist. Over 14 boxes consist of correspondence, but because the majority are unsolicited responses, mainly 1967-1968, to Father Groppi's civil right activities, the collection tends to be more useful for research on public attitudes toward civil rights activism than for a study of Groppi's life and work. About half the correspondence is criticism and hate mail. The remainder of the collection consists of an unfinished manuscript of a proposed autobiography; two 1969 sermons; appointment books and calendars; legal materials, which offer more information about his civil rights work than any other file in the collection; and scrapbooks and newspaper clippings. The two undated tapes are speeches concerning his views on the church and its role in racial and social issues. The photographic portion of the collection is unprocessed. Included are images of civil rights protests and unrest in Milwaukee and Madison, Wis. and photographs relating to Father Groppi's personal life.
Subjects: Trees
Cities and towns
Political posters
Race relations
Children and adults
Civil rights
Suits (Clothing)
Signs and signboards

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