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Raymond B. Nixon Photographs of the S.S. Henry W. Grady

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Raymond B. Nixon photographs of the S.S. Henry W. Grady, 1943 (VIS 148)

Raymond Blalock Nixon was a reporter, correspondent, editor and director of various newspapers and journals for over 60 years (1917-1982). In 1926, Dr. Nixon became an instructor in the division of journalism at Emory University. Dr. Nixon was considered a leader in the field of international communications and was elected as the first president of UNSECO's International Association for Mass Communication Research (1959). Raymond Nixon died on December 15, 1997. This collection of photographs, taken by Harold J. Terhune, depicts the christening and launch of the S.S. Henry W. Grady on October 22, 1943 in Brunswick, Georgia during World War II. The Henry W. Grady was a liberty ship. Included are photographs of the christening of the ship, the launch of the ship to sea, and various speakers and guests, including Mrs. Henry W. Grady III (sponsor) with son Henry W. Grady IV, Mrs. Eugene Black (co-sponsor) and Michael Black, Mrs. Frederica Ward, and Atlanta journalist Ralph McGill.

The Raymond B. Nixon photograph collection contains 15 black and white photographic prints, 14 of which are digitized and available on this database. To view the rest of the collection, please visit the Kenan Research Center.

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Digitization of this collection is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.