Civil Rights Leaders Then and Now

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Date: February 25, 2014
Contact: Patricia Butts, 334-727-6390

Selma, AL – The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail with Ms. Tracy Martin presents the exhibition of “Civil Rights Leaders Then and Now: Photographs by James “Spider” Martin and Johnathon Purvis”. Have you ever thought about the role the media played in the success of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights Movement and subsequent Voting Rights March from Selma to Montgomery? A number of press and freelance photographers recorded the events of the movement, the people involved and the 5-day march from Selma to Montgomery on March 21 – 25, 1965.

Two of the most well-known photographers to document this story were James “Spider” Martin and Johnathon Purvis. In conjunction with the Selma Bridge Crossing Re-enactment and Jubilee Celebration, this exhibition featuring 30 photographs of the Civil Rights Movement will be available for viewing March 3 – April 4, 2014 at the Selma Interpretive Center, 2 Broad Street, Selma, Alabama. This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, contact Park Ranger Theresa Hall, at (334) 872-0509 or visit 

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