From now until May 31, The Fight For Civil Rights In The South will be on display at The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum.
In honor of Black History Month, the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is showcasing the striking and profound The Fight For Civil Rights In The South photography exhibit. [Featured image: @Peter Pettus via Library of Congress]
The exposition is a combination of two monumental events in the African American struggle for equal rights in the 60s: the Selma marches between March 7 and 25 in 1965, captured in Selma to Montgomery, and burning of the Freedom Riders bus, presented in Courage Under Fire: The 1961 Burning of the Freedom Riders Bus.
“In Selma to Montgomery, photographer James “Spider” Martin captures the iconic march to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965, including the moment when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led more than 2,000 marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge,” the museum writes on its website.
“Martin’s photos brought attention to the Civil Rights Movement and documented this nonviolent action that helped lead to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.”
Courage Under Fire catalogues a violent attack against the Freedom Riders in Anniston, Alabama in 1961. In protest of southern segregation on public transit, the Freedom Riders took a bus down south when it was intercepted on Sunday, May 14. Then, members of the Ku Klux Klan lit the bus on fire, nearly killing the riders inside. The attack was captured and catalogued by photographer, Joseph Postiglione.
Tickets to the exhibit cost $16 for adults, $12 for students, and $14 for seniors 55 and older, educators, military, and first responders. Those interested can also view the exposition online.
The museum is currently operating at 25% capacity from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is responsible for curating both expositions.