Exhibition: “Let Us March On: Lee Friedlander and the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom”

Event time: 
Friday, January 13, 2017 - 10:00am to Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 5:00pm
Hours of operation: 

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10AM–5PM
Wednesday 10AM–5PM
Thursday 10AM–8PM
Friday 10AM–5PM
Saturday 11AM–5PM
Sunday 11AM–5PM

Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG) See map
1111 Chapel St.
New Haven, CT 06510
(Location is wheelchair accessible)
Event description: 

This exhibition presents photographer Lee Friedlander’s images of the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom, a critical yet generally neglected moment in American civil rights history. On May 17, 1957—the third anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka, which outlawed segregation in public schools—thousands of activists, including many leaders from religious, social, educational, labor, and political spheres, united in front of the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, D.C. At this first large-scale gathering of African Americans on the National Mall was a forerunner of the 1963 March on Washington at which Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his famed “I Have a Dream” speech. Protestors called on federal authorities to enforce desegregation, support voting rights, and combat racial violence. Friedlander photographed many of the illustrious figures who attended or spoke at the march, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Ella Baker, Mahalia Jackson, and Harry Belafonte, and he wove among the demonstrators on the ground to capture the energy and expressions of the day. In commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom, the Gallery exhibits this set of images publicly for the first time.

Free and open to the public.

Website/Contact: http://artgallery.yale.edu / artgalleryinfo@yale.edu / 203.431.0600

Open to: 
General Public