Freedom Summer, 1964: The Photographs of Herbert Randall
May 19, 2014 (All day) - September 6, 2014 (All day)
Cook Art Gallery and the Learning Commons Gallery
Free and open to the public
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, the photographs of Herbert Randall, award-winning Civil Rights photographer, are being displayed in the Cook Library Art Gallery and Learning Commons Gallery. The exhibit, titled Freedom Summer, 1964: The Photographs of Herbert Randall features 43 of nearly 2,000 photographs taken during the historic summer of 1964.
Randall served as the official photographer during Freedom Summer, when an alliance of local residents, out of state college students, and voting rights organizers from all across the United States gathered in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to secure the right for African Americans to vote in Mississippi. During that summer, Randall took 1,759 negatives, which he donated to the Archives of The University of Southern Mississippi. Additionally, Randall’s works are permanently represented in the collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, and the Library of Congress.
Bobs Tusa, author of the 2001 book, Faces of Freedom Summer: The Photographs of Herbert Randall, writes that Herbert Eugene Randall, Jr., an African and Native American from New York was only twenty-eight years old when he was awarded the prestigious John Hay Whitney Fellowship Award for Creative Photography. Shortly after receiving the award he met and befriended Sanford Rose “Sandy” Leigh, director of the Freedom Summer project in Hattiesburg, who requested Randall use his fellowship to travel to Hattiesburg and serve as the official photographer.
The exhibition is open to the public and will run through September 6. Visitors to the exhibit must visit the Cook Library circulation desk to access the art gallery. For more information, contact the Department of Art and Design at usm.edu/visual-arts or by calling 601.266.6788.