Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum will host the March to Freedom exhibit from June 6 to August 26.
The exhibit features photographs taken by James "Spider" Martin of the 1965 protest marches in Selma, Alabama.
Media coverage of the protests, often met with violent oppression, helped support the passage of voting rights legislation.
Martin, a young freelance reporter for the Birmingham News, covered the brutal events seen by all of 1960s America. Photos captured by Martin display the violent treatment of peaceful protestors, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders such as James Farmer, Roy Wilkins, A. Phillip Randolph, and John Lewis.
The young photographer's images of Bloody Sunday, March 7. 1965, galvanized public opinion in favor of the protestors. Martin joined the historic march himself later on in two facets: as a member of the media and as a participant as well in the struggle for racial equality.
March to Freedom follows a group of protestors through the lens of Marin and the voice of Lewis.
March to Freedom is an exhibition by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin and the LBJ Presidential Library, presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Martin’s photographs from March 1965 are part of the Briscoe Center’s extensive photojournalism holdings.
The exhibit can be viewed with regular admission to the museum, Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is part of the regular schedule of changing exhibits at the museum. The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum is located at 315 W. Avenue B in downtown Temple.