Segregated Lunch Counter. While waiting for a train to take him from Chattanooga to Memphis, a trip of some 400 miles, Elvis sits at the lunch counter to have some breakfast. The woman standing had ordered a sandwich for which she was waiting, but was not able to sit at the counter. Railroad station, Chattanooga, Tenn. July 4, 1956.© Alfred Wertheimer.
From a National Portrait Gallery and the Govinda Gallery exhibit, “Elvis at 21”, on view at the Portrait Gallery through Jan. 23, 2011.