Date: August 2019 – May 2020
Location: Woodruff Park and Freedom Park
Outdoor Museum – Civil and Human Rights Exhibit – Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado, Ph.D.
In 2017, Karcheik Sims-Alvarado, Ph.D., published Images of America: Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement, 1944-1968 (Arcadia), “a portable exhibition” that offers a pictorial history of the Modern Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta, Georgia. The images, curated from photographs taken mostly by award-winning Associated Press photojournalists, demonstrates the long history of activism in Atlanta as well as celebrates the fortitude of Atlantans in their quest for freedom. From testing the US Supreme Court landmark decision in Smith v. Alright to mourning the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this exhibition, Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement, 1944- 1968, help residents, tourists, and Freedom Park Trail visitors understand more fully how Atlanta came to be recognized as the “epicenter of the Civil Rights Movement.”
Presented on the Atlanta Beltline Trails across 4 miles since 2018, this “outdoor museum,” as it has come to be called, is celebrated as the longest public exhibition on civil and human rights in the world. It has been viewed by nearly 2 million visitors.
NBAF has partnered with Dr. Sims-Alvarado to make this outdoor photographic exhibit accessible to more citizens of Fulton County. The photographs from the exhibit will be moved from the Atlanta Beltline and installed at Woodruff Park (Downtown Atlanta) and Freedom Park (Atlanta, GA near The Carter Center) starting August 1, 2019 for nine months. Please visit these parks to experience an amazing outdoor museum showcasing our history of civil and human rights.