Jonas E. Salk being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter, signed by both President Carter and Dr. Salk.
This ceremony was held on July 11, 1977, when Dr. Salk and Martin Luther King, Jr. were honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Coretta Scott King accepted for Dr. King, and she can be seen at the far right in this photograph. Photograph in black and white, measures 8″ x 10″. Signed in black pen.
Because of Dr. Jonas E. Salk, our country is free from the cruel epidemics of poliomyelitis that once struck almost yearly. Because of his tireless work, untold hundreds of thousands who might have been crippled are sound in body today. These are Doctor Salk’s true honors, and there is no way to add to them. This Medal of Freedom can only express our gratitude, and our deepest thanks. – President Jimmy Carter