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Gordon Parks: Segregation Story in Mobile, 1956

Gordon Parks: Segregation Story in Mobile, 1956

Jan 16th 2021 - Dec 31st 202110 am to 5 pm

This exhibition of photographs documents the everyday activities and rituals of one extended black family, the Thorntons, in Mobile and Shady Grove, Alabama, during segregation. The images were originally published in a 1956 photo essay by Parks, an assignment from Life magazine after the Montgomery bus boycotts, but have come to be known around the world for helping to inspire the Civil Rights movement. These photographs are lent to MMofA by the Gordon Parks Foundation. Throughout the exhibition, MMofA is also partnering with area African American organizations on programs in various disciplines: film, poetry, visual arts and civil rights history. The Mobile Museum of Art (MMofA) includes a permanent collection of close to 6,000 works of fine and decorative arts from America, Asia, and Europe. This collection spans periods from classical antiquity to the present day. MMofA is supported by a unique public/private partnership of city and community support. Its facility is owned by the city of Mobile, and the art collection is privately owned.

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    Mobile Museum of Art
    • 4850 Museum Dr.
    • Mobile, AL 36608


    From I-65, take the Springhill Avenue Exit (Exit 5) and head west on Springhill Avenue. Go approximately 1 1/2 miles and turn left on John D. New Street (traffic signal). Take an immediate right onto Museum Drive. The Museum is the first building on the right.


    Mobile is located in the The Gulf Coast Area of the Beaches Gulf Coast Region


    Adults: $12; Seniors: $10; Active Military & Students: $8; Children under 6: FREE

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