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The Ghosts of Segregation: America’s Continuing Struggle
Thursday, April 1, 2021|3:00 pm - 4:00 pm UTC
Photographer Richard Frishman
Moderated by Superior Court Judge Angel Kelley
All human landscape has cultural meaning. Richard Frishman has photographically documented vestiges of racism, oppression and segregation throughout the country in America’s built and natural environments — lingering traces that were hidden in plain sight behind a veil of banality.
A few examples include:
- The Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL. Named after a former Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader, the bridge was the site of a brutal attack on protesters marching for Black voting rights in 1965, an event later known as Bloody Sunday.
- The onetime site of New Orleans’s St. Louis Hotel & Exchange, where enslaved people were once sold.
- The old Greyhound bus station in Jackson, MS. The station was the site of many arrests in 1961, when Freedom Riders rode interstate buses into the segregated South.
- The E. F. Young Jr. Hotel in Meridian, MS. The hotel, owned and operated by Mr. Young, provided lodging for Black travelers who were excluded from other hotels during the Jim Crow era.
- The service station in Tuskegee, AL, where Sammy Younge Jr., a 21-year-old Black college student, was murdered for trying to use this bathroom — then reserved for white customers.
Mr. Frishman will share his powerful photographic project, Ghosts of Segregation. Attend this program and through his camera lens, witness the soul of a nation during the Jim Crow era. He will discuss his pictures, his experiences, and what lies ahead for the project.
To read “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Ghosts of Segregation,” New York Times, Nov. 30, 2020, please click here.
Mr. Frishman’s photography is in a wide range of private and institutional collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Amon Carter Museum. His work has garnered dozens of prestigious awards, including two Sony World Photography Awards (2018), the 2019 Curator’s Choice Award from Review Santa Fe, the 2019 PhotoNOLA Review Award, Communication Arts Photography Award (2018), Photo District News Photo Annual (2018), Michael H. Kellicutt Award, International Photo Annual Award, and Critical Mass finalist twice. Houston’s Biennal FotoFest will feature Ghosts of Segregation in their 2020 keynote exhibition at Spring Street Studio, Ten by Ten (formerly Discoveries of the Meeting Place.) He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1983.
Born and raised in Chicago, Mr. Frishman studied with artists Reed Estabrook, Robbert Flick and Art Sinsabaugh at the University of Illinois, where he received a BA in Communications. He lectures around the US, including the New Orleans Museum of Art and Sony Square in New York, about the intersection of the designed environment, history and social issues.
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