"A Day Like No Other: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington" will open Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The exhibit will be located in the Graphic Arts Galleries on the ground level of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The exhibit is free and open to the public, Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. That exhibition will be on display through Saturday, March 1, 2014.
The exhibit will opens exactly fifty years after the historic day when 250,000 people, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. participated in the largest non-violent demonstration for civil rights that America had ever witnessed. With a rallying cry of "jobs and freedom," a diverse crowd gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial to urge Congress to act on proposed legislation.
The exhibit includes 40 black-and-white images. These photographs are from newspaper and other media photographers, independent photojournalists and people who participated in the march. The images, part of the collections in the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division, convey the immediacy of being at the march and the palpable excitement of those who were there. The exhibition will allow visitors to rediscover the context and ongoing legacy of this important event in the country’s history.
In addition to the 40 images, another 75 will be shown continuously on a video screen in the exhibit gallery.
Among the photographs on display will be works by:
- Members of Magnum Photos, the world’s most prestigious photographic agency, including prints by Bruce Davidson, Danny Lyon and Leonard Freed;
- Freelance photojournalists Bob Adelman and Flip Schulke, well-known for their coverage of the civil rights movement;
- David S. Johnson, a student of Ansel Adams;
- AP, UPI, New York World-Telegram and Sun, U.S. News & World Report and Look magazine photographers showing preparations for the event and the march leaders;
- Roosevelt Carter from Columbus, Ohio, a professional photographer who recorded his experience of the entire day.
For more information, visit the Library of Congress website.