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Mon Apr 12, 2021, 07:04 AM

Georgia Negro Weeps Open-Eyed at the Death of President Roosevelt

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I just love this picture. I run this every year.

Sun Apr 12, 2020: Georgia Negro Weeps Open-Eyed at the Death of President Roosevelt

Fri Apr 12, 2019: Georgia Negro Weeps Open-Eyed at the Death of President Roosevelt

Thu Apr 12, 2018: Georgia Negro Weeps Open-Eyed at the Death of President Roosevelt

From 2016: Georgia Negro Weeps Open-Eyed at the Death of President Roosevelt

From 2013: Georgia Negro Weeps Open-Eyed at the Death of President Roosevelt

From 2012

From 2011

Mon Apr-12-10: Itself a rerun

This picture of Graham Jackson is the image of that event that I always think of. As the caption notes, it was taken on April 13, 1945, as Roosevelt's body was being taken away.



The caption of the original photograph starts out:

On the afternoon of the day he died President Roosevelt was scheduled to attend a barbecue at Warm Springs. That afternoon he would have heard Chief Petty Officer Graham Jackson, a Georgia Negro, play his accordion. The President had enjoyed Jackson's songs many times in the past. The next day when the President's body was borne slowly past the main dormitory at Warm Springs, where often he used to wave at the patients convalescing in the sun's rays, Jackson stepped out of the watching circle, sadly fingered the strains of Going Home. As he played, C.P.O Jackson wept open-eyed to the mournful phrases of his own lament.

Graham Jackson, from the wonderful Atlanta Time Machine

60 White House Drive SW

Many more links on Graham Jackson

Please go to Google Books to see the coverage in the April 23, 1945 issue of Life magazine. You will be amazed. (I can't make the link directly.)

Roosevelt's Death:

http://books.google.com/books?id=wEkEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA19&dq=Roosevelt+funeral&hl=en&ei=TirDS4iHOIT7lwfx96jaBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CAoQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Roosevelt%20funeral&f=true

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hlthe2b Apr 12 #1
murielm99 Apr 12 #2
whathehell Apr 12 #4
Dennis Donovan Apr 12 #3
whathehell Apr 12 #5
Roc2020 Apr 12 #6
niyad Apr 12 #7
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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 07:14 AM

1. I cry too seeing it. No President, no man, no leader is without faults, but FDR and Lincoln top the

list of Presidents for me. I do think Biden has some FDR in him. I am hopeful because we've never needed such a President more.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 07:24 AM

2. I agree.

Those two were the greatest Presidents.

They gave their lives for their country.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 07:37 AM

4. Me too..Historians rank Roosevelt as 3rd greatest American president

Some rank him 2nd greatest.

I agree about Biden..I'm also hopeful.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 07:27 AM

3. Kicking and recommending

Thank you, Mahatma.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 07:39 AM

5. Very moving..Thank you for posting. n/t.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 08:39 AM

6. Lovely seeing that this morning

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 09:07 AM

7. KNR

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 09:33 AM

8. How I wish there were an audio version so that we could hear his accordion playing.

Wonderful, soulful photo. Thanks for posting.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 09:41 AM

9. That made me weep.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 10:01 AM

10. Lovely tradition you've given us... Thanks so much!

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