Harry Belafonte, Martin Luther King Jr., theater and film producer Hillard Elkins and Sammy Davis Jr. in April 1965 at “Broadway Answers Selma,” a show Mr. Hillard produced to raise money for Dr. King. Many thanks to Kanisha Johnson, the patron saint of Dorothy Dandridge online (see DorothyDandridgeForever.com) for bringing this picture to my attention. Photo: Bandphoto Agency.
Before their burial, the deceased would be photographed in their best clothes and 'posing' (propped up) with their living relatives. In some instances, eyes were painted onto the closed eyelids of the deceased to make them appear alive. In Victorian times when photographs were rare, this might be the only photo the family had of their dearly departed.