Photographs include striking sanitation workers, segregated lunch counters and Ku Klux Klan gatherings.
A new art exhibit in Irving explores the civil rights movement and life in the American South in the 1960s.
Called “I Am A Man,” the exhibit gets it name from the iconic photographs of striking Memphis sanitation workers who carried signs with that phrase.
Those photographs are included, as well as others of segregated lunch counters, Ku Klux Klan gatherings, the Selma Montgomery March in Alabama and Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral.
The exhibit opens Friday and runs through March 16 at the Irving Archives and Museum.
Southern folklorist, author and curator William Ferris and his research team compiled photographs taken by activists or local news photographers during the civil rights movement.
Although some photos included in the exhibit are well-known and associated with the movement, according to the museum, others have rarely been seen.
“The decade was a pivotal moment that both marks change, and also reminds us how far we have to go,” the exhibit’s description says. The photographs still resonate today “as future generations continue to fight for justice for all humankind.”
This exhibit was adapted from an exhibition originally produced by the Center for Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which debuted at a museum in Montpellier, France.
“I Am A Man,” is open 10 a.m. to 4 pm. Wednesday through Friday through March 16 at the Irving Archives and Museum, 801 W. Irving Blvd. General admission is $7 and $5 for children, seniors and military members.
SOURCE- Dallas Morning News