Photographic Archives exhibit highlights 1964 Civil Rights March on Frankfort
Close to 10,000 people participated in the 1964 March on Frankfort with Martin Luther King, Jr. Former state senator Georgia Davis Powers was there. So was baseball great Jackie Robinson. And among them were two photographers, University of Louisville professor Robert Doherty and photojournalist James N. Keen.
Martin Luther King Jr stands in the front row of the crowd during the 1964 March on Frankfort. Photo from the James N. Keen Collection, Photographic Archives, University of Louisville.
This year, the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights March on Frankfort on March 5, 1964, and pictures of the march from the UofL Photographic Archives collection will be on display in the Archives and Special Collections gallery (LL17) in Ekstrom Library from Feb. 20 to March 28.
Several photographs documenting scenes from the march and its esteemed participants, including King, Powers, Robinson, fellow civil rights activists the Rev. Dr. D. E. King and the Rev. Dr. Ralph David Abernathy, and folk singers Peter, Paul and Mary, will be on display.
Doherty founded the UofL Photographic Archives while a professor in the Allen R. Hite Art Institute. As a photographer, he documented Louisville scenes, political rallies and events, prominent Louisvillians, and important visitors to the city. Keen served as a photographer for 26 years with the Louisville Courier-Journal and Louisville Times. His work also appeared in Life and U.S. Camera Annual.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.