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Lot 2 - [African-Americana] [King, Martin Luther, Jr.]

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[African-Americana] [King, Martin Luther, Jr.]
Group of 18 Items Related to the Civil Rights Movement in Montgomery, Alabama, and Alfonso and Lucy Campbell, ca. 1950s-60s

A Collection Related to Montgomery, Alabama Civil Rights Activists, Alfonso and Lucy B. Campbell

Montgomery, Alabama, etc., 1956-90. A remarkable collection of 18 printed and mimeographed items related to Alfonso and Lucy B. Campbell and their life in Montgomery, Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s-60s, and beyond. Size and condition vary, generally well-preserved.

Alfonso Campbell and Lucy Barnes met in Montgomery during a period of increased activism in the African American community that set the stage for the Bus Boycott in 1955-56 and the greater Civil Rights Movement in the United States. In the 1940s they were both employed at Alabama State College (now Alabama State University), where Alfonso worked as Supervisor of Transportation and Lucy as a staff librarian. When they began their courtship Alfonso had just returned from Europe a decorated war hero, and Lucy was newly relocated from Portsmouth, Virginia after receiving her Masters in Library Science at North Carolina Central University. They were active members of the Baptist community--Alfonso and his brother, Elisha B. Campbell, served as Deacons at St. James Baptist Church in Waugh, Alabama--and married on May 4, 1946. In 1954 they were raising two young children when 25-year-old Martin Luther King, Jr., became the 20th Pastor of the prominent Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Although Dexter was not the Campbell's church, they were drawn to the new, young, and energetic Pastor who had recently arrived from Boston. They first met King at his first sermon at Dexter, and during his six-year tenure as Pastor there the Campbell's frequently attended his sermons, while Lucy and her children regularly attended its Sunday School, where King often participated.

When the Montgomery Bus Boycott began in the winter of 1955, both Alfonso and Lucy, like many of their friends and neighbors, became some of its early organizers and supporters. They participated in the preliminary one-day boycott held on December 5 that was called in response of the arrest of their friend, Rosa Parks, for her refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man. They also attended the first mass community meeting held that same night at Holt Street Baptist Church that overwhelmingly voted in favor of extending the boycott. That same evening the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) was created to plan, coordinate, and direct the boycott with Dr. King unanimously elected its president. The Campbells, along with thousands of others who crammed into pews and overflowed onto the Church's lawn, listened to King's riveting speech that same night when he called for justice and urged the community to affirm the belief "that democracy transformed from thin paper to thick action is the greatest form of government on earth". Although Parks's courageous action was the spark that ignited the 381-day long protest, Montgomery's Black residents had long prepared the ground for the historic boycott, especially through the work of the Women's Political Council headed by Jo Ann Robinson; E.D. Nixon of the NAACP; and their white allies like librarian Juliette Hampton Morgan.

Shortly following the MIA's creation Alfonso was selected, alongside his close friend Rufus Lewis, to co-chair the MIA's Transportation Committee. The Committee played a critical role in the boycott's ultimate success by creating a vast carpool and taxi network in Montgomery (called "rolling churches") to sustain the protest by circumventing the city's bus system. Alfonso, Lewis, and their numerous volunteers, devised a network of over 40 pick-up and drop-off stations that shuttled virtually all 50,000 of the city's Black residents (more than one-third of the city's entire population) to and from their jobs, churches, schools, and everyday affairs, during the 13-month-long protest. With over a decade of experience as Supervisor of Transportation at Alabama State, Alfonso was instrumental in helping maintain the efficient operation of this complex transportation system, and helped map routes and secure automobiles, fuel, and maintenance, all in the face of harassment and violence from the city's police force (in one instance he was given six tickets in a two-hour period for transporting protesters) and local white population, and at great personal risk to his job at Alabama State. Concurrent with this role, Alfonso served as chair of the MIA's Purchasing Committee, and through his connections as a part-time car salesman he successfully purchased over a dozen automobiles used in the MIA's carpool system, a noteworthy feat when dealerships routinely refused to do business with boycott supporters. As Jo Ann Robinson wrote in her memoir regarding Alfonso and the Transportation Committee's work, The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It: The Memoir of Jo Ann Gibson Robinson (The University of Tennessee Press, 1987), "the members of the Transportation Committee...did a superb job mapping out the routes for Negroes in every section of the city, and all got free service." (p. 93), and described their work as "so effectively planned that many writers described it as comparable in precision to a military operation." (p. 55). During the long months when the boycott's success was uncertain, the MIA held weekly mass meetings and sermons--often led by Dr. King and First Baptist Church pastor, and Campbell family friend, Ralph Abernathy--to keep the African American community mobilized and which Alfonso and Lucy often attended. During this time Lucy began to chronicle the events and record the experiences of the boycott's participants in an album that is now held in the archives of the Ollie L. Brown Afro-American Heritage Special Collection at The Levi Watkins Learning Center at Alabama State University.

Following the boycott's success in December 1956 the Campbells remained active in their community, and remained committed to the MIA as it shifted its attention toward voting rights, the fight for the integration of schools and public facilities, while holding annual conferences on non-violence. In 1960, when Dr. King resigned from Dexter to become co-Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, and more closely manage the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Campbells attended his farewell ceremony and contributed money to the King family to help with their move. From a distance they remained friends with the Kings and received Christmas cards from them every year. In 1964 the Campbells moved from Montgomery to Virginia when Alfonso became Assistant Dean of Men and Lucy a staff librarian at Hampton Institute (now Hampton University).

1. Printed Program for the Citizens' Committee
(Montgomery, Alabama): Alabama State College, November 3, 1955. Souvenir Program for the Citizens' Committee event featuring Congressman Adam Clayton Powell of New York. Unpaginated (12 pp.) Original printed stiff staple-bound self-wrappers; creased from contemporary fold; scattered minor soiling. Featuring an order of events, as well as printed compliments from Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church; Ralph Abernathy and the First Baptist Church; E.D. Nixon and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, as well as Nixon's printed letter as president of the Montgomery Progressive Democratic Association encouraging people to vote; Jo Anne Robinson, president of the Women's Political Council printed ad welcoming Powell; as well as a list of the Citizens' Committee members and patrons.

2. (King, Martin Luther, Jr.)
The Death of Evil Upon the Seashore
New York, Thursday, May 17, 1956. Printed "Sermon Preached by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Service of Prayer and Thanksgiving in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine." 8vo. Unpaginated (4 pp.) Original staple-bound limp printed wrappers, lightly worn.

3. Printed Alabama State College Program
Montgomery, Alabama: Alabama State University, May 27, 1956. Printed program for the "Ten Times One is Ten Club" event featuring Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, Undersecretary of the United Nations, held at Alabama State College Gymnasium. Unpaginated (4 pp.).

4. The Eightieth Anniversary of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
(Montgomery, Alabama, ca. December, 1957). Official printed booklet for the 80th anniversary celebration of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church featuring a history of the Church, a biography of its Pastor, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a program of events, printed photographs of the church's various members and groups, including Dr. King, the Deacons and Trustees, the Missionary Society, Scholarship Committee, the Choir, Social Political Actions Committee, and others, as well as dozens of printed ads of congratulations and compliments from Montgomery's businesses and individuals. 4to. 31 pp. Original staple-bound stiff printed blue wrappers; all edges trimmed; text and photographs printed in blue ink.

5. Printed Dexter Avenue Baptist Church Program
(Montgomery, Alabama), Sunday, October 25, 1959. One printed sheet, 11 x 8 1/2 in. (279 x 216 mm). Official Dexter Avenue Baptist Church program for "The First in a Series of Youth Programs...", with Program Committee printed at bottom including Mrs. Coretta King, Co-Chairman; signature of Martin Luther King, Jr. rubber-stamped at top ("M.L. King Jr); "Dexter Avenue Baptist Church School/J.T. Alexander, Superintendent" rubber-stamped at bottom in purple ink and signed in pen by Enrollment Secretary, Eileen Jones. Creasing from contemporary folds.

6. Group of 19 Newsletters from the Inter-Citizens Committee
Montgomery, Alabama, ca. 1958-61. Comprising 19, 14 x 8 1/2 in. (356 x 216 mm) mimeographed typed sheets on "Human Rights in Alabama." Each report contains individual testimonies of human rights abuses from African Americans in Alabama. Creasing from contemporary folds.

7. Printed Program for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Farewell Ceremony at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
Montgomery, Alabama, Sunday, January 31, 1960. Printed program for the farewell celebration for Dr. King at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, featuring the banquet menu, program of events and tributes, and the various committees and their members. 8vo. Unpaginated (4 pp.). Original limp printed wrappers; creasing from contemporary folds.

8. Partially-Printed Check, signed
February 1, 1960. Original partially-printed First National Bank of Montgomery check, signed by A(lfonso). L. Campbell, for $10.00, and made out to Dr. M(artin).L(uther). King, Jr; endorsed by King in a secretarial hand on verso; bank ink stamps on same; bank's perforated stamp at center.

9. Printed National Broadcasting Company Pamphlet
Washington, D.C., Sunday, April, 17, 1960. Printed National Broadcasting Company (NBC) interview between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Lawrence E. Spivak on Meet the Press; Vol. 4, Number 16. 8vo.11 (1) pp. Original staple-bound limp printed self-wrappers; contemporary vertical crease; foxing on front wrapper.

10. Mimeographed Montgomery Council Newsletter
(Montgomery, Alabama): Montgomery Council on Human Relations, November 1960. Mimeographed Montgomery Council on Human Relations newsletter, being a "Reprint of the text of the New York Times and Washington Post stories on race relations in Birmingham, Alabama". 14 x 8 1/2 in. (356 x 216 mm). Comprising 19 leaves, stapled at top left corner; scattered edge-wear; final leaf loose but present.

11. Southern Christian Leadership Conference Membership Card
No date. Printed card, with a portrait of Dr. King on right; not filled in. 2 1/4 x 3 7/8 in. (57 x 98 mm).

12. Group of 3 Christmas Cards from the King Family to the Campbell Family
Atlanta, Georgia, ca. 1961-67. Two printed Christmas cards, one signed "'The Martin Luther Kings' Coretta, Martin, Yoki, Marty & Scotty", presumably in Coretta's hand; and one printed Christmas letter, dated December 1967, signed in print by the family; each with original postmarked envelope.

13. Obsequies: Martin Luther King Jr.
Atlanta, Georgia, April 9, 1968. First printing. 8vo. Unpaginated (16 pp.). Original stiff staple-bound pictorial self wrappers; original yellow tassel at top left corner. Scarce original printed program for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s funeral service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday, April 9, 1968. Only a limited number of copies were printed for attendees.

14. Printed Hampton Institute Program
(Hampton, Virginia): Hampton Institute, September 26, 1968. 8vo. Unpaginated (8 pp.). Printed Hampton Institute program for "The Twenty-sixth Annual Fall Convocation and the Dedication of Martin Luther King Hall". Signed on front wrapper by Benjamin E. Mays, President Emeritus of Dr. King's alma mater, Morehouse College. Original printed stiff self-wrappers.

15. King, Coretta Scott
Typed Letter, signed
Atlanta, Georgia, July 1, 1985. One sheet, 11 x 8 1/2 in. (279 x 216 mm). Typed letter, on The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc. stationery, signed by Coretta Scott King, to Alfonso Campbell, thanking him for his $100 donation to The King Center; with original mailing envelope.

16. Printed Card
(Atlanta, Georgia), June, 1990. Printed card from the Ralph Abernathy family, thanking Alfonso and Lucy Campbell for their support following Abernathy's death; with original envelope.

Alfonso Leon Campbell, Sr. (1904-2002) was born in Mitchell Station, Alabama, completed his early education in Mt. Meigs, Alabama, and attended and graduated from the State Normal High School in Montgomery. He graduated from Alabama State Teachers College (Alabama State University) in 1934, where he was a star football and baseball player (he was inducted into the ASU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983). Following graduation he briefly taught at the State Normal High School before becoming Supervisor of Transportation at his alma mater, ASU. He served in the Army during World War II where he participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge, rose to the rank of Master Sergeant, and was decorated with four Bronze Stars. Following the war he resumed his work at ASU where he met his wife, Lucy Barnes, who he married in May, 1946. Like Dr. King, he was a proud life-long member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, and in1963 he became Assistant Dean of Men at Hampton Institute (now Hampton University).

Lucy Barnes Campbell (1920-2013) was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, and graduated from Portsmouth's I.C. Norcom High School. She was a member of the first graduating class of North Carolina Central University's School of Library Science and, following graduation briefly served as a librarian at Darden High School in Wilson, North Carolina. She remained at Darden before accepting a position as a staff librarian at Alabama State where she met Alfonso in the 1940s. She returned to the Portsmouth area with her family in 1963 when she accepted a position as circulation librarian at Hampton Institute, and where she published works on the history of the Library School there. Lucy was a life-long member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

Provenance

Alfonso L. Campbell and Lucy B. Campbell, thence by descent in the family

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A Collection Related to Montgomery, Alabama Civil Rights Activists, Alfonso and Lucy B. Campbell

Montgomery, Alabama, etc., 1956-90. A remarkable collection of 18 printed and mimeographed items related to Alfonso and Lucy B. Campbell and their life in Montgomery, Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s-60s, and beyond. Size and condition vary, generally well-preserved.

Alfonso Campbell and Lucy Barnes met in Montgomery during a period of increased activism in the African American community that set the stage for the Bus Boycott in 1955-56 and the greater Civil Rights Movement in the United States. In the 1940s they were both employed at Alabama State College (now Alabama State University), where Alfonso worked as Supervisor of Transportation and Lucy as a staff librarian. When they began their courtship Alfonso had just returned from Europe a decorated war hero, and Lucy was newly relocated from Portsmouth, Virginia after receiving her Masters in Library Science at North Carolina Central University. They were active members of the Baptist community--Alfonso and his brother, Elisha B. Campbell, served as Deacons at St. James Baptist Church in Waugh, Alabama--and married on May 4, 1946. In 1954 they were raising two young children when 25-year-old Martin Luther King, Jr., became the 20th Pastor of the prominent Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Although Dexter was not the Campbell's church, they were drawn to the new, young, and energetic Pastor who had recently arrived from Boston. They first met King at his first sermon at Dexter, and during his six-year tenure as Pastor there the Campbell's frequently attended his sermons, while Lucy and her children regularly attended its Sunday School, where King often participated.

When the Montgomery Bus Boycott began in the winter of 1955, both Alfonso and Lucy, like many of their friends and neighbors, became some of its early organizers and supporters. They participated in the preliminary one-day boycott held on December 5 that was called in response of the arrest of their friend, Rosa Parks, for her refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man. They also attended the first mass community meeting held that same night at Holt Street Baptist Church that overwhelmingly voted in favor of extending the boycott. That same evening the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) was created to plan, coordinate, and direct the boycott with Dr. King unanimously elected its president. The Campbells, along with thousands of others who crammed into pews and overflowed onto the Church's lawn, listened to King's riveting speech that same night when he called for justice and urged the community to affirm the belief "that democracy transformed from thin paper to thick action is the greatest form of government on earth". Although Parks's courageous action was the spark that ignited the 381-day long protest, Montgomery's Black residents had long prepared the ground for the historic boycott, especially through the work of the Women's Political Council headed by Jo Ann Robinson; E.D. Nixon of the NAACP; and their white allies like librarian Juliette Hampton Morgan.

Shortly following the MIA's creation Alfonso was selected, alongside his close friend Rufus Lewis, to co-chair the MIA's Transportation Committee. The Committee played a critical role in the boycott's ultimate success by creating a vast carpool and taxi network in Montgomery (called "rolling churches") to sustain the protest by circumventing the city's bus system. Alfonso, Lewis, and their numerous volunteers, devised a network of over 40 pick-up and drop-off stations that shuttled virtually all 50,000 of the city's Black residents (more than one-third of the city's entire population) to and from their jobs, churches, schools, and everyday affairs, during the 13-month-long protest. With over a decade of experience as Supervisor of Transportation at Alabama State, Alfonso was instrumental in helping maintain the efficient operation of this complex transportation system, and helped map routes and secure automobiles, fuel, and maintenance, all in the face of harassment and violence from the city's police force (in one instance he was given six tickets in a two-hour period for transporting protesters) and local white population, and at great personal risk to his job at Alabama State. Concurrent with this role, Alfonso served as chair of the MIA's Purchasing Committee, and through his connections as a part-time car salesman he successfully purchased over a dozen automobiles used in the MIA's carpool system, a noteworthy feat when dealerships routinely refused to do business with boycott supporters. As Jo Ann Robinson wrote in her memoir regarding Alfonso and the Transportation Committee's work, The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It: The Memoir of Jo Ann Gibson Robinson (The University of Tennessee Press, 1987), "the members of the Transportation Committee...did a superb job mapping out the routes for Negroes in every section of the city, and all got free service." (p. 93), and described their work as "so effectively planned that many writers described it as comparable in precision to a military operation." (p. 55). During the long months when the boycott's success was uncertain, the MIA held weekly mass meetings and sermons--often led by Dr. King and First Baptist Church pastor, and Campbell family friend, Ralph Abernathy--to keep the African American community mobilized and which Alfonso and Lucy often attended. During this time Lucy began to chronicle the events and record the experiences of the boycott's participants in an album that is now held in the archives of the Ollie L. Brown Afro-American Heritage Special Collection at The Levi Watkins Learning Center at Alabama State University.

Following the boycott's success in December 1956 the Campbells remained active in their community, and remained committed to the MIA as it shifted its attention toward voting rights, the fight for the integration of schools and public facilities, while holding annual conferences on non-violence. In 1960, when Dr. King resigned from Dexter to become co-Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, and more closely manage the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Campbells attended his farewell ceremony and contributed money to the King family to help with their move. From a distance they remained friends with the Kings and received Christmas cards from them every year. In 1964 the Campbells moved from Montgomery to Virginia when Alfonso became Assistant Dean of Men and Lucy a staff librarian at Hampton Institute (now Hampton University).

1. Printed Program for the Citizens' Committee
(Montgomery, Alabama): Alabama State College, November 3, 1955. Souvenir Program for the Citizens' Committee event featuring Congressman Adam Clayton Powell of New York. Unpaginated (12 pp.) Original printed stiff staple-bound self-wrappers; creased from contemporary fold; scattered minor soiling. Featuring an order of events, as well as printed compliments from Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church; Ralph Abernathy and the First Baptist Church; E.D. Nixon and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, as well as Nixon's printed letter as president of the Montgomery Progressive Democratic Association encouraging people to vote; Jo Anne Robinson, president of the Women's Political Council printed ad welcoming Powell; as well as a list of the Citizens' Committee members and patrons.

2. (King, Martin Luther, Jr.)
The Death of Evil Upon the Seashore
New York, Thursday, May 17, 1956. Printed "Sermon Preached by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Service of Prayer and Thanksgiving in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine." 8vo. Unpaginated (4 pp.) Original staple-bound limp printed wrappers, lightly worn.

3. Printed Alabama State College Program
Montgomery, Alabama: Alabama State University, May 27, 1956. Printed program for the "Ten Times One is Ten Club" event featuring Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, Undersecretary of the United Nations, held at Alabama State College Gymnasium. Unpaginated (4 pp.).

4. The Eightieth Anniversary of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
(Montgomery, Alabama, ca. December, 1957). Official printed booklet for the 80th anniversary celebration of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church featuring a history of the Church, a biography of its Pastor, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a program of events, printed photographs of the church's various members and groups, including Dr. King, the Deacons and Trustees, the Missionary Society, Scholarship Committee, the Choir, Social Political Actions Committee, and others, as well as dozens of printed ads of congratulations and compliments from Montgomery's businesses and individuals. 4to. 31 pp. Original staple-bound stiff printed blue wrappers; all edges trimmed; text and photographs printed in blue ink.

5. Printed Dexter Avenue Baptist Church Program
(Montgomery, Alabama), Sunday, October 25, 1959. One printed sheet, 11 x 8 1/2 in. (279 x 216 mm). Official Dexter Avenue Baptist Church program for "The First in a Series of Youth Programs...", with Program Committee printed at bottom including Mrs. Coretta King, Co-Chairman; signature of Martin Luther King, Jr. rubber-stamped at top ("M.L. King Jr); "Dexter Avenue Baptist Church School/J.T. Alexander, Superintendent" rubber-stamped at bottom in purple ink and signed in pen by Enrollment Secretary, Eileen Jones. Creasing from contemporary folds.

6. Group of 19 Newsletters from the Inter-Citizens Committee
Montgomery, Alabama, ca. 1958-61. Comprising 19, 14 x 8 1/2 in. (356 x 216 mm) mimeographed typed sheets on "Human Rights in Alabama." Each report contains individual testimonies of human rights abuses from African Americans in Alabama. Creasing from contemporary folds.

7. Printed Program for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Farewell Ceremony at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
Montgomery, Alabama, Sunday, January 31, 1960. Printed program for the farewell celebration for Dr. King at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, featuring the banquet menu, program of events and tributes, and the various committees and their members. 8vo. Unpaginated (4 pp.). Original limp printed wrappers; creasing from contemporary folds.

8. Partially-Printed Check, signed
February 1, 1960. Original partially-printed First National Bank of Montgomery check, signed by A(lfonso). L. Campbell, for $10.00, and made out to Dr. M(artin).L(uther). King, Jr; endorsed by King in a secretarial hand on verso; bank ink stamps on same; bank's perforated stamp at center.

9. Printed National Broadcasting Company Pamphlet
Washington, D.C., Sunday, April, 17, 1960. Printed National Broadcasting Company (NBC) interview between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Lawrence E. Spivak on Meet the Press; Vol. 4, Number 16. 8vo.11 (1) pp. Original staple-bound limp printed self-wrappers; contemporary vertical crease; foxing on front wrapper.

10. Mimeographed Montgomery Council Newsletter
(Montgomery, Alabama): Montgomery Council on Human Relations, November 1960. Mimeographed Montgomery Council on Human Relations newsletter, being a "Reprint of the text of the New York Times and Washington Post stories on race relations in Birmingham, Alabama". 14 x 8 1/2 in. (356 x 216 mm). Comprising 19 leaves, stapled at top left corner; scattered edge-wear; final leaf loose but present.

11. Southern Christian Leadership Conference Membership Card
No date. Printed card, with a portrait of Dr. King on right; not filled in. 2 1/4 x 3 7/8 in. (57 x 98 mm).

12. Group of 3 Christmas Cards from the King Family to the Campbell Family
Atlanta, Georgia, ca. 1961-67. Two printed Christmas cards, one signed "'The Martin Luther Kings' Coretta, Martin, Yoki, Marty & Scotty", presumably in Coretta's hand; and one printed Christmas letter, dated December 1967, signed in print by the family; each with original postmarked envelope.

13. Obsequies: Martin Luther King Jr.
Atlanta, Georgia, April 9, 1968. First printing. 8vo. Unpaginated (16 pp.). Original stiff staple-bound pictorial self wrappers; original yellow tassel at top left corner. Scarce original printed program for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s funeral service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday, April 9, 1968. Only a limited number of copies were printed for attendees.

14. Printed Hampton Institute Program
(Hampton, Virginia): Hampton Institute, September 26, 1968. 8vo. Unpaginated (8 pp.). Printed Hampton Institute program for "The Twenty-sixth Annual Fall Convocation and the Dedication of Martin Luther King Hall". Signed on front wrapper by Benjamin E. Mays, President Emeritus of Dr. King's alma mater, Morehouse College. Original printed stiff self-wrappers.

15. King, Coretta Scott
Typed Letter, signed
Atlanta, Georgia, July 1, 1985. One sheet, 11 x 8 1/2 in. (279 x 216 mm). Typed letter, on The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc. stationery, signed by Coretta Scott King, to Alfonso Campbell, thanking him for his $100 donation to The King Center; with original mailing envelope.

16. Printed Card
(Atlanta, Georgia), June, 1990. Printed card from the Ralph Abernathy family, thanking Alfonso and Lucy Campbell for their support following Abernathy's death; with original envelope.

Alfonso Leon Campbell, Sr. (1904-2002) was born in Mitchell Station, Alabama, completed his early education in Mt. Meigs, Alabama, and attended and graduated from the State Normal High School in Montgomery. He graduated from Alabama State Teachers College (Alabama State University) in 1934, where he was a star football and baseball player (he was inducted into the ASU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983). Following graduation he briefly taught at the State Normal High School before becoming Supervisor of Transportation at his alma mater, ASU. He served in the Army during World War II where he participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge, rose to the rank of Master Sergeant, and was decorated with four Bronze Stars. Following the war he resumed his work at ASU where he met his wife, Lucy Barnes, who he married in May, 1946. Like Dr. King, he was a proud life-long member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, and in1963 he became Assistant Dean of Men at Hampton Institute (now Hampton University).

Lucy Barnes Campbell (1920-2013) was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, and graduated from Portsmouth's I.C. Norcom High School. She was a member of the first graduating class of North Carolina Central University's School of Library Science and, following graduation briefly served as a librarian at Darden High School in Wilson, North Carolina. She remained at Darden before accepting a position as a staff librarian at Alabama State where she met Alfonso in the 1940s. She returned to the Portsmouth area with her family in 1963 when she accepted a position as circulation librarian at Hampton Institute, and where she published works on the history of the Library School there. Lucy was a life-long member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

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Alfonso L. Campbell and Lucy B. Campbell, thence by descent in the family

  

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7. If the auctioneer determines that any opening or later bid or any advance bid is not commensurate with the value of the Property offered, he may reject the same and withdraw the Property from sale.

8. Upon the fall of the hammer, title to any offered lot or article will immediately pass to the highest bidder as determined in the exclusive discretion of the auctioneer, subject to compliance by the buyer with these Conditions of Sale. Buyer thereupon assumes full risk and responsibility of the property sold, agrees to sign any requested confirmation of purchase, and agrees to pay the full price, plus Buyer’s Premium, therefore or such part, upon such terms as Freeman’s may require.

9. No lot may be removed from Freeman’s premises until the buyer has paid in full the purchase price therefor including Buyer’s Premium or has satisfied such terms that Freeman’s, in its sole discretion, shall require. Subject to the foregoing, all Property shall be paid for and removed by the buyer at his/her expense within ten (10) days of sale and, if not so removed, may be sold by Freeman’s, or sent by Freeman’s to a third-party storage facility, at the sole risk and charge of the buyer(s), and Freeman’s may prohibit the buyer from participating, directly or indirectly, as a bidder or buyer in any future sale or sales. In addition to other remedies available to Freeman’s by law, Freeman’s reserves the right to impose a late charge of 1.5% per month of the total purchase price on any balance remaining ten (10) days after the day of sale. If Property is not removed by the buyer within ten (10) days, a handling charge of 2% of the total purchase price per month from the tenth day after the sale until removal by the buyer shall be payable to Freeman’s by the buyer. Freeman’s will not be responsible for any loss, damage, theft, or otherwise responsible for any goods left in Freeman’s possession after ten (10) days. If the foregoing conditions or any applicable provisions of law are not complied with, in addition to other remedies available to Freeman’s and the Consignor (including without limitation the right to hold the buyer(s) liable for the bid price) Freeman’s, at its option, may either cancel the sale, retaining as liquidated damages all payments made by the buyer(s), or resell the property. In such event, the buyer(s) shall remain liable for any deficiency in the original purchase price and will also be responsible for all costs, including warehousing, the expense of the ultimate sale, and Freeman’s commission at its regular rates together with all related and incidental charges, including legal fees. Payment is a precondition to removal. Payment shall be by cash, certified check or similar bank draft, or any other method approved by Freeman’s. Checks will not be deemed to constitute payment until cleared. Any exceptions must be made upon Freeman’s written approval of credit prior to sale. In addition, a defaulting buyer will be deemed to have granted and assigned to Freeman’s, a continuing security interest of first priority in any property or money of, or owing to such buyer in Freeman’s possession, and Freeman’s may retain and apply such property or money as collateral security for the obligations due to Freeman’s. Freeman’s shall have all of the rights accorded a secured party under the Pennsylvania Uniform Commercial Code.

10. Unless the sale is advertised and announced as “without reserve”, each lot is offered subject to a reserve and Freeman’s may implement such reserves by bidding through its representatives on behalf of the Consignors. In certain instances, the Consignor may pay less than the standard commission rate where Freeman’s or its representative is a successful bidder on behalf of the Consignor. Where the Consignor is indebted to Freeman’s, Freeman’s may have an interest in the offered lots and the proceeds therefrom, other than the broker’s Commissions, and all sales are subject to any such interest.

11. No “buy” bids shall be accepted at any time for any purpose.

12. Any pre-sale bids must be submitted in writing to Freeman’s prior to commencement of the offer of the first lot of any sale. Freeman’s copy of any such bid shall conclusively be deemed to be the sole evidence of same, and while Freeman’s accepts these bids for the convenience of bidders not present at the auction, Freeman’s shall not be responsible for the failure to execute, or, to execute properly, any pre-sale bid.

13. A Buyer’s Premium will be added to the successful bid price and is payable by the buyer as part of the total purchase price. The Buyer’s Premium shall be: 26% on the first $600,000 of the hammer price of each lot, 21% on the portion from $600,001 through $4,000,000 and 15% thereafter.

14. Third-Party Internet Bidding Services (a) Third Party Bidding Platforms. We engage third party online bidding platforms to collect or facilitate auction bids (“Bidding Platforms”), each of which levy a fee for their services, and have their own rules on fees and how to bid and buy online using these Bidding Platforms. Freeman’s has no control over, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of any Bidding Platforms. Your dealings with Bidding Platforms are solely between you and such Bidding Platforms. We encourage you to be aware of, and to read, the terms and conditions and privacy policy of any Bidding Platforms that you visit. You expressly release Freeman’s from any and all liability arising from your use of any Bidding Platform or other third-party website or service. (b) Waiver. Absentee Bids left with Bidding Platforms are released to Freeman’s when a lot comes up for sale. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE, WILL WE AND OUR SELLERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS OR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT RESULT FROM THE USE OF, OR THE INABILITY TO USE, THESE BIDDING PLATFORMS.  

15. Unless exempted by law from the payment thereof, the buyer will be required to pay any and all federal excise tax and any state and/or local sales taxes, including where deliveries are to be made outside the state where a sale is conducted, which may be subject to a corresponding or compensating tax in another state.

All purchases made at Freeman’s, therefore, will be subject to the Pennsylvania State and Local sales tax--currently at a combined rate of 8%, which is applied to the hammer price plus buyer’s premium--unless the successful buyer submits the required tax exemption documentation. Those seeking exemption from sales tax must provide a valid certificate to Freeman’s prior to outgoing shipment.

In accordance with Pennsylvania State law, if Freeman’s or the buyer arranges for a lot/s to be shipped outside of Pennsylvania through an independent, third-party shipping company, Freeman’s must collect Pennsylvania sales tax on the lot/s irrespective of the property’s final destination. If the item is first delivered to any hired service provider (e.g. restorer, storage facility, etc.) located in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania sales tax will still be applicable and invoiced, even if the lot will ultimately be shipped out-of-state.

16. Freeman’s may, as a service to buyer, arrange to have purchased property posted and shipped at the buyer’s expense. Freeman’s is not responsible for any acts or omissions in packing or shipping of purchased lots whether or not such carrier is recommended by Freeman’s. Packing and handling of purchased lots is at the responsibility of the buyer and is at the entire risk of the buyer.

17. In no event shall any liability of Freeman’s to the buyer exceed the purchase price actually paid.

18. No claimed modification or amendment of this Agreement on the part of any party shall be deemed extant, enforceable or provable unless it is in writing that has been signed by the parties to this Agreement. No course of dealing and no delay or omission on the part of Freeman’s in exercising any right under this Agreement shall operate as a waiver of such right or any other right and waiver on any one or more occasions shall not be construed as a bar to or waiver of any right or remedy of Freeman’s on any future occasion.

19. These Conditions of Sale and the buyer’s, the Consignor’s and Freeman’s rights under these Conditions of Sale shall be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Consignor and Buyer agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.   

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