From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Wilson, G. Marshall

(born: 1905  -  died: 1998) 

G. Marshall Wilson was born October 14, 1905 in Covington, KY [source: WWI Draft Registration Card in Ancestry]. He lived much of his life in New York and he died in Stuttgart, Germany. He was a long time national and international photographer with Ebony, serving for 33 years with the magazine before retiring in 1986. Of his noted photographs is the image of Martin Luther King waving to the crowd in 1963 during the March of Washington. Wilson was an honorary pallbearer at the funeral of fellow Kentucky photographer, Moneta Sleet, Jr.; the two had worked together at Jet. He was the husband of Doris K. Wilson, and his first wife was Ercelle G. Byrd [source: Marriage Records. Chester, Pennsylvania Marriages.]. For more see "Prolific Ebony photographer, G. Marshall Wilson, succumbs," Jet, 03/09/1998, p. 16 [article available full-text at Google Book Search, includes photo image]. See G. Marshall Wilson Reproductions and Prints at

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Sleet, Moneta J., Jr.
NKAA Source: Ebony (periodical)
NKAA Source: Jet (periodical)
NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)

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“Wilson, G. Marshall,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed September 28, 2020,

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