This photo from The Star’s historical archives first ran on the front page of The Star on April 9, 1968, the day of Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral in Atlanta. Also that day, police used tear gas on marchers outside City Hall, though the circumstances surrounding the incident remain unclear.
On this deteriorated print of the image, black overpainting is visible on Davis’ hat band and tie — a necessity for images to reproduce legibly on the newspaper presses of the day. The original caption:
Squatting atop the hood of a police car, Mayor Ilus W. Davis attempted to calm the students as part of the crowd paused at Parade Park. “If we work together like we have been, we will build the best city in the United States,” he said.