Monday, February 27, 2006

"Unseen. Unforgotten."

A year and half ago, photo intern Alexander Cohn opened a closet at the The Birmingham News to look for a lens. There he found a box of negatives marked, "Keep. Do Not Sell." What he discovered is a remarkable collection of photographs from the Civil Rights Era, images that every American should see. These photos were never published at the time, partly out of self-censorship on the part of newspaper editors (an ugly monster that's resurfaced of late).

After looking at these photos, I believe that many of the well-known images from the struggle to end the blight of Jim Crow have become so familiar that their power has diminished. I strongly recommend you take the time to see the moments in America's history that Mr. Alexander and the News have resurrected:

Unseen. Unforgotten.


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