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September 17: Reception and Artist’s Talk For Jessica Ingram’s “Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial”

Welcome to Midnight, Mississippi, 2007. Photograph by Jessica Ingram.

“Welcome to Midnight, Mississippi, 2007.” Photograph by Jessica Ingram.

The Center for Documentary Studies is honored to be the host venue for photographer Jessica Ingram‘s Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial, through October 17, 2015. (Scroll down for a slideshow of images.) Ingram will be at CDS on September 17 for an artist’s talk at 7 p.m., preceded by a reception at 6 p.m.; free and open to the public.

In 2006, while exploring downtown Montgomery, Alabama, Ingram found herself standing on the former Court Square slave market. The historical marker presented stark facts, including the dollar values paid for slaves, but said nothing about the meaning of the place. “I’m from the South and was raised with an awareness of the devastating history of slavery,” says Ingram, “but this site sparked something in me that caught fire.” Curious about other sites, and what hidden histories she might be passing as she drove across the South, Ingram began researching and photographing places where civil rights–era atrocities, Klan activities, and slave trading occurred.

Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial
Exhibition Dates: August 10–October 17, 2015
Reception + Artist’s Talk: September 17, 2015, 6–9 p.m.

Center for Documentary Studies, Juanita Kreps Gallery
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina

Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial presents thirty of Jessica Ingram’s photographs of locations of historic significance in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee—in Mississippi alone, Medgar Evers’ backyard in Jackson; the Tallahatchie River, where Emmett Till’s body was found; the site of the murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner in Neshoba County. The exhibition also presents audio oral histories from Ingram’s interviews with family members, local people, investigators, and journalists who witnessed, were impacted by, and remember these events.

Unlike Court Square in Montgomery, there are no markers at most of the places Ingram has documented. As the years pass and the landscape transforms itself in ways both beautiful and banal, all that remains of the events that occurred are the memories and voices of those who lived through them.

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Jessica Ingram received her BFA in photography and political science from New York University and her MFA from California College of Arts and Crafts. She is assistant professor in graduate fine arts and undergraduate photography at California College of the Arts, where she chairs the Photography Program. She recently completed work on Hilltop High, a multiyear project about an alternative high school for pregnant teenagers in San Francisco, and she is currently working on Love Rich Land, which examines ideas of power, disappearance, and continuous reconstruction in the American South. Ingram was awarded CENTER’s Santa Fe Prize for A Civil Rights Memorial in 2011.

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