Freedom's March: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement in Savannah by Frederick C. Baldwin

Overview

Marking the forty-fifth anniversary of the desegregation of Savannah, this book celebrates the civil rights photographs of Frederick C. Baldwin. First exhibited at the Telfair in 1983 under the title, " . . . We Ain't What We Used to Be": Photographs by Frederick C. Baldwin, these historically and aesthetically important images have recently been exhibited again, accompanied by an enhanced and expanded catalogue. Baldwin's images chronicle crucial events in the civil rights movement from voter registration drives...

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Overview

Marking the forty-fifth anniversary of the desegregation of Savannah, this book celebrates the civil rights photographs of Frederick C. Baldwin. First exhibited at the Telfair in 1983 under the title, " . . . We Ain't What We Used to Be": Photographs by Frederick C. Baldwin, these historically and aesthetically important images have recently been exhibited again, accompanied by an enhanced and expanded catalogue. Baldwin's images chronicle crucial events in the civil rights movement from voter registration drives to meetings in the longshoreman's hall to public marches and demonstrations, culminating in a visit to Savannah by Martin Luther King Jr.

Baldwin depicted the local Ballot Bus; the exhaustive efforts to convince potential voters to register and the resulting long lines of African Americans at the courthouse; protest marches and prayer meetings; and finally, the transcendent moment of King's visit to Savannah. Today, Baldwin's photographs serve as potent reminders of the struggle for equality in Savannah and as evidence of the powerful role of photography in documenting and validating that struggle. The book also contains numerous interviews with and comments of Savannahians who were active in the events of the period.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780933075085
  • Publisher: Telfair Museum of Art
  • Publication date: 9/24/2008
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,137,950
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

From 1963 to 1964, Frederick C. Baldwin was a photographer for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He later worked for a wide variety of publications including Audubon, LIFE, National Geographic, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Town & Country, Smithsonian Magazine, Newsweek, and the New York Times. Baldwin is currently chairman of FotoFest, the International Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art.

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Table of Contents

Director’s Foreword 2

Seeds of the Modern Civil Rights Movement Were Planted in Georgia 4
Michael Thurmond

Reflections on Freedom’s March 6
Otis S. Johnson

The Struggle for Civil Rights in Savannah 9
Martha Keber

Freedom’s March in Savannah: Documentary Photography, Social Reform, and Frederick C. Baldwin 17
Holly Koons McCullough

Image Plates and Community Recollections 22

Prologue: Racism and Segregation 24
Voter Registration 28
The Chatham County Crusade for Voters: Leadership, Organization, Strategy 45
Sit-Ins, Day Marches, Night Marches 54
Arrests and Jail 67
Broad-based Support of the Civil Rights Movement 70
The Countermovement 76
Keys to Success 78
Epilogue: Dr. King 86

Image Plate Checklist 104

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