Columbus Museum New Black History Exhibit

The Tuskegee University Archives has acquired a treasure trove of works by a succession of Tuskegee photographers: Artur P. Bedou, C.M Battey and P.H Polk.

The Pride of the Swift Growing South: Tuskegee Institute Photography presents many of these pieces publicly for the first time.

These images illuminate the lives of African Americans who attended or taught at Tuskegee in the Jim Crow era and cover a range of subjects, including portraits of Tuskegee faculty, students, and area residents; Booker T. Washington’s public speaking engagements; and homecoming parades athletic events, and other candid images depicting student life.

The paint used on the walls of the exhibit is from the same location Tuskegee University uses for the school colors of crimson and old gold.

The exhibit will be on display until March 22, 2020 in the Yarbrough Gallery.