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Lot 9: Eugene B Sloan Civil Rights Collection

Guernsey's

September 19, 2019
New York, NY, US

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Description

A collection celebrating the life and work of respected South Carolina reporter Eugene B Sloan, known for his coverage of the nation's formative Civil Rights Era, as well as his love of his state and its government, history, and natural beauty. Honored posthumously by the South Carolina TriCentennial Commission with a historic marker placed at his childhood home in Clinton, SC, as well as with the first Ambrose E Gonzales Award for Distinguished Journalism, Sloan - always armed with his Sony tape recorder - is remembered for capturing various key moments during the fraught struggle for Civil Rights in the South.

Included in the collection is a truly singular audio piece: a recording never before heard in its entirety of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King addressing an audience at County Hall in Charleston, South Carolina, on July 30, 1967, less than a year before his death. Though spent from weeks on the road addressing crowds, the Reverend speaks eloquently of the injustices of wealth distribution and white supremacy plaguing the nation, subjects that are once again timely in the United States. "Racial injustice," Dr. King says, is still the black man's burden and the white man's shame. So wherever we live in America, you have to face the fact honestly that racial discrimination is present." This is also the speech in which Dr. King famously instructs his crowd to "build, baby, build" rather than burn (that is, riot). Martin Luther King's address in its entirety runs nearly 30 minutes, with a 20-minute introduction from Civil Rights pioneer Esau Jenkins and his granddaughter, Jakki Jefferson resulting in a 50-minute historic recording. Other than Sloan's tapes, there exists no recording of this address before its final three minutes (from which the phrase "build, baby, build" is pulled), which had been captured by a local television station.

Sloan's tape of the Martin Luther King address will come in conjunction with the original Sony tape recorder that was used to tape it, as well as with other significant recordings, one of which was taken undercover during a meeting of the Ku Klux Klan the evening before the address, during which Grand Dragon Scoggin can be heard calling for Dr. King's assassination and bemoaning his upcoming visit and address. The third recording is of a later date, taken on March 31, 1969, during the Hospital Workers' Strike, also in Charleston. The rally began when more than 400 African American hospital workers, the vast majority of whom were female, pitted themselves against the all-white administrations of the Medical College Hospital and Charleston County Hospital. Moved by this display, the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, who followed Dr. King as the President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference after his death, delivered this address at a rally held at the Fourth Baptist Church. In it, he speaks both of the urgent need for these workers' rights, as well as the daunting task of stepping in to fill Dr. King's shoes (though Abernathy does joke that he has "some sandals of his own.")

The Abernathy recording runs around 45 minutes on either side, and the KKK meeting is just under 14 minutes in length. Also included is an original photograph of Martin Luther King, taken before his address and later developed by Sloan himself for use by the press in accompanying the news story he'd written. While the rest of the photos included in this lot are not original, they are copies of other photos taken by Sloan of the event and of Dr. King himself, whose originals were later donated to the archives at the University of South Carolina. Sloan's Hasselblad camera, on which he captured the originals of all included photos, will accompany them in the lot.

Further expanding the lot are articles of clothing from the Sloan family (Sloan's trademark white button-up, like the one he would have worn as captured any one of these recordings, pressed shortly before his death and never again worn, as well as a dress worn by his daughter Laura at his funeral), a South Carolina TriCentennial Commission button given out when the historic marker was placed at the Sloan family home, and the framed Ambrose E Gonzales Award that Sloan received after his death.

To hear example audio clip of the Martin Luther King recording, click here.

For more extensive documentation of the collection, please contact Guernsey's through Invaluable or at 212-794-2280.

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Humanity / Inhumanity

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Guernsey's
September 19, 2019, 7:30 PM EST

New York, NY, US

Buyer's Premium

$0 - 500,000: 25.0%
$500,001+: 15.0%

From: To: Increment:
$0 $99 $25
$100 $499 $50
$500 $999 $100
$1,000 $1,999 $250
$2,000 $4,999 $500
$5,000 $9,999 $1,000
$10,000 $19,999 $2,000
$20,000 $49,999 $5,000
$50,000 $99,999 $10,000
$100,000 $199,999 $25,000
$200,000 $999,999 $25,000
$1,000,000+ $50,000

Extended Bidding

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Participating In the Auction

Bidding & Pre-establishing CreditIn an effort to facilitate rapid release of items following the auction, you can pre-establish credit with Guernsey's. Having done so, you need only send Guernsey's a personal check for the amount of your purchase (assuming it is within the range of your credit line) and arrange for shipping of your purchases. The easiest way to accomplish establishing credit is to provide an Irrevocable Letter of Credit or a Bank Letter of Guarantee from your bank stating that they will guarantee your check up to an indicated amount. Such letters normally have a time limit and therefore, for this auction, a 14 business day limit from the day of the auction would be appropriate. The bank letter should include the bank officer's name and telephone number and should state that the letter is for Guernsey's Humanity & Inhumanity Auction on September 19, 2019. The letter should be addressed to Barbara Mintz, Vice President of Guernsey's, and indicate the limit to which the checks can be written.

You Can Bid at this Auction without Pre-Establishing Credit
Without pre-establishing credit, unless you pay with cash, bank check, certified check, domestic money order, or wire transfer, your purchases will be held until your personal check clears (usually about 6 business days).
Internet Bidding
Bidders can view the full catalogue online, and leave advance absentee bids, as well as bid live as the sale is taking place at www.Invaluable.com All lots in this catalogue can be bid on through Invaluable.com prior to - and during - the live auction, provided that the bidder has completed both Invaluable's application process and Guernsey's Bidder Agreement Form and been approved for bidding.


Removal/Shipment of Purchases

PURCHASERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL SHIPPING AND PACKING COSTS. All pick-ups must be made immediately following the auction, unless other arrangements are made with Guernsey's. Inasmuch as Guernsey's does not permanently reside at the auction site, it is essential that all items are either 1) paid for immediately after the conclusion of the auction (items can be paid for and removed at any time during the event) and immediately removed or 2) paid for immediately, making arrangements for the removal of the items by your designated shipper and alerting Guernsey's of your intent.

Purchasers are responsible for all shipping costs. In some cases, there may be savings of sales tax by the use of a recognized, licensed transport company. Should you wish to learn more about your shipping options, please contact Guernsey's prior to the auction.

Removal of Purchases Acquired Through Absentee, Phone & Internet Bidding
If you are a successful absentee, phone, or internet bidder, at the conclusion of the auction your purchases may be moved to Guernsey's New York warehouse pending receipt of payment, after which they can be released for pick-up or shipment.

If you are a successful Internet or Absentee Bidder….
1. You will receive an invoice by email immediately following the conclusion of the auction. If you believe you are a successful bidder and don't receive an invoice, please contact Guernsey's (212-794-2280; [email protected])
2. Payment is due promptly and within 10 days of receipt of invoice.
3. Purchases paid for by wire transfer, bank check, cashier's check, or with a Letter of Guarantee will be available for release immediately.
4. Purchases paid for by personal or business check will be held until the check has cleared (please allow 6 business days from receipt of payment).
5. When purchases are available for release you will receive a paid receipt by email, at which time an appointment can be scheduled for pick-up by you or your purchases can be released for shipping.
6. If you need assistance with shipping, Guernsey's can put you in contact with a specialized shipping team that focuses on post-auction shipments.
7. Purchasers are responsible for all shipping costs.






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Taxes

New York residents only. NY sales Tax: 8.875%