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The Jim Peppler Southern Courier Photograph Collection

James H. “Jim” Peppler, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was a staff photographer of the weekly paper, The Southern Courier, from May 1965 to mid-1968. Founded by staff members of The Harvard Crimson, the Courier recruited a biracial staff of both students and professional journalists from many parts of the country, with the goal of providing objective reporting on civil rights and social issues. Based in Montgomery, Alabama, the Courier staff published 175 issues from July 1965 to December 1968. For more information on the Southern Courier, please visit After leaving the Southern Courier, Mr. Peppler went on to enjoy a thirty-eight year career as staff photographer at Newsday (N.Y.) and is currently teaching photojournalism at both Adelphi and Stony Brook Universities.


During his three years working for the Southern Courier, Mr. Peppler took over 11,000 photographs documenting the civil rights movement, social conditions in central Alabama, the nightclub Laicos in Montgomery, and the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. Over the next few years, ADAH staff will be working to digitize the entire collection and provide online access. More images will be added on at least a monthly basis.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. at Dexter Ave. Baptist ChurchAndrew Young and Martin Luther King, Jr.Audience, probably at a church in Greenville, Ala.Sheyann Webb and Rachel West, Selma Outside Dexter Ave. Baptist Church, MontgomeryKu Klux Klan rally, Montgomery, Dec. 10, 1967The James Meredith March Against Fear, Mississippi, 1966 Martin Luther King, Jr., James Meredith, and Floyd McKissick Fannie Lou Hamer during the March Against Fear, 1966 Swearing in Lucius Amerson, first black sheriff of Macon Co., 1967 Lurleen Wallace at a 1966 press conference Robert F. Kennedy at Univ. of Alabama symposium, Emphasis'68 Coretta Scott King at Martin Luther King, Jr.'s funeral Mourners at Martin Luther King, Jr.'s funeral Muhammad Ali, Turkey Day Classic, Alabama State College, 1966James Brown, Alabama State College, Sept. 1, 1965The Marvelettes in the Otis Redding Show, Montgomery, 1967 Tom's Place in Montgomery Little Korea, a neighborhood in Birmingham, Ala., 1966 Bracy family, Elmore County, Ala., 1967Near Mt. Meigs, Montgomery County, Ala.Probably in Montgomery, July 1967 Beauty salon, Montgomery, June 1966 On a Montgomery street
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Civil rights and politics

Ralph Abernathy
Lucius Amerson
Bracy family 
Paul and Pat Bokulich
Stokely Carmichael
Fannie Lou Hamer
Jesse Jackson
Donald Jelinek
Coretta Scott King
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr’s funeral
Martin Luther King, Sr.
Joseph Lowery
Floyd McKissick
James Meredith
Fred Shuttlesworth
Albert Turner
George and Lurleen Wallace
Hosea Williams
Andrew Young
Whitney M. Young
Ku Klux Klan rally, 10 December 1967
Law enforcement officers
James Meredith “March Against Fear”
In Batesville, Miss.
In Greenwood, Miss.
In Philadelphia, Miss.
Rally at Tougaloo College
In Jackson, Miss.
Senate Subcommittee on Poverty hearings
[with Senators Robert F. Kennedy, Jacob Javits, and Joseph S. Clark]
Univ. of Alabama symposium “Emphasis ‘68”
[with Robert F. Kennedy and John Glenn]

Everyday life

African Americans--Domestic life
African Americans--Music
                James Brown at Tougaloo College
                James Brown Show, Montgomery
                Eddie Floyd
                Gospel concerts
                Laicos Club
                The Mighty Hannibal
                Otis Redding Show, 21 Feb. 1967
                Roscoe Robinson
                Tom’s Place
                Ike and Tina Turner Revue
                WRMA (Radio station)
Muhammad Ali at Alabama State College
Beauty shops
Capital Stock Yards, Montgomery, Ala.
Clayton Alley, Montgomery, Alabama
Cotton farming
Horse Farm of Ernest Oliver
Little Korea, Birmingham, Alabama

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