Thursday, May 8, 2008

More Freedom

Catherine Burks

Many thanks to those who e-mailed with additional information on the Freedom Riders pictures. As Eric Etheridge pointed out in his e-mail, “I think the Mississippi Freedom Rider mugshots are a great addition to the Civil Rights visual record, especially given their provenance (they were collected and filed by the state agency dedicated to thwarting the Civil Rights movement.)”

And thanks to Frank Ezelle for providing the correct link (it’s hard to find) to where the The Mississippi Department of Archives and History keeps the full visual record of these mugshots.

I have made another selection of some of the pictures I felt were the most interesting as I can't keep from feeling what a beautiful portrait of America they make!

Finally, for those interested in attending the book launch for Eric Etheridge’s book Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders, it will be at the Steven Kasher Gallery at 521 West 23rd Street, New York City. Wednesday, May 21. 6 – 8 pm.

Stokely Carmichael

C.T. Vivian

Jane Rosett

Jean Thompson

Charles Myers

Clarence White

Gwendolyn Green

Joan Trumpower

Mark Lane

Geraldine Edwards

Albert Lassiter

Jorgia Siegel

Reverend Grant Harland

Rita Carter

Jessie James Davis

John Lowry

Karen Kytle

Leo Blue


Melissa said...

I love how a lot of them have smirks on their faces.

Brian said...

Eric Etheridge will also be talking with three of the book's subjects at Symphony Space in New York City on May 28th at 7:30 pm, followed by a book signing.

g+m said...

I wish I could get prints of some of these to hang in my classroom. It'd be a wonderful lesson in civil disobedience.

420Hacks said...

haha i love the outfit in the last picture on this blog post, awesome blog keep it up!

missknits said...

wow, really really very interesting! thanks for sharing.

meela said...

Amazing. Great blog, thank you!

"The Shiv" said...

Wow, this is really quite amazing. I mean, you have people from all walks of life there, from priest, to white collar worker, all united under the same goal that is equality to all. The notion is at the very least moving, and at best, a harsh reminder of how our world once (and still arguably does) work.

Anonymous said...

I'm always interested in knowing the denouement for these people after their mug other words, their lives...thanks for reminding us about these pioneers--the pictures are in many cases the high points in their lives. I recommend "The Children" by David Halberstam for a life portrait of the participants in the first Sit-In at a Nashville lunch counter.


Heather Ann said...

Wow, these brought tears to my eyes! It's so easy to forget, when reading about people a generation older, how young most of them were! I, too, would LOVE to have these posted in my classroom!

Roxana Farahmand said...

Amazing, just amazing. Very, very moving. It's difficult to imagine another generation being politically active, so it's definitely inspiriting to us (as the younger generation) to get out there and have our voices heard!

DarCold said...

Beautiful potraits, man all I can do is watch and see whats next. bravO~~

Becs said...

How beautiful those mug shots are! It's astounding. Every one of them seems imbued with a grace that shines from them.

If only that innocence, strength, and force of belief could stay with us throughout our lives...

Anonymous said...


You picked out some of my favorite mug shots.

For those interested in reading and seeing more, I am publishing material I did not have room for in the book -- more oral history from the Riders, more archival images, newspaper stories and government documents -- at

All my book tour dates are there as well.

tintin said...

Many years ago I worked as a cop and was always amazed at how a mug shot seemed to get the eyes and the soul of a person. I still have some of them. Mostly the scary ones.

It's odd thinking about the Dove campaign and so much written about how a photo can be manipulated. These are not. And what power they have. Add to that, these people are all heros and stood for something despite going to jail and the fear of worse.