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Rare pictures on display at TMA

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the United States Civil Rights Act being signed into law. The Toledo Museum of Art is about to open a special exhibition to mark the milestone. July 2, 1964 is the day the Civil Rights Act was signed into law.The exhibition to honor that day is called People Get Ready. It features dozens of works of art that focus on slavery, segregation and the civil rights movement here in the United States.

The first desegregated bus ride in Montgomery, Alabama , Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, The Little Rock Nine. These pictures are from the front lines of the civil rights movement. thomas Loeffler is the Assistant Curator of Works on Paper at the museum, "They are very powerful images. You can't help but be drawn in to them and to wonder what the people were going through in the midst of this movement." 

These photographs were taken by a man who was in the middle of the movement, "Ernest Withers was an African American artist who documented the civil rights movement and the protests in the South during the 1950's and 1960's. He was in Little Rock, Arkansas when when the Little Rock Nine went to high school in 1957. He followed Dr. King a lot during the movement and he also covered Dr. King's funeral which is in the portfolio."

There are works from a number of other artists featured in the exhibition, "There are quite a few photographs but there are also lithographs, etchings and linocuts. One of the other artists is Elizabeth Catlett, we have a large representation of her work. She did a lot of work on the civil rights movement. She was a very socially active American artist who worked primarily in Mexico."

Loeffler says the art work has been displayed before but never all together, "These are all from the museum's collection. There are approximately 40 works in our small exhibition of photos, prints and books. I think this is a very important exhibit and people will truly come away with a greater understanding of what the civil rights movement was all about."

The People Get Ready exhibition is free and runs from June 27 through September 21. 



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