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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Ernest Withers, 1922-2007

Memphis photographer Ernest Withers passed away this week at the age of 85. Instead of flowers, his family has requested donations that will be used to preserve and restore his astounding body of work: Ernest C. Withers Sr. Historical Photographic Foundation, P.O. Box 152, Memphis, TN, 38101

Withers's photographs documented the heyday and the last days of Negro League baseball, the Beale Street music scene, and the Civil Rights movement, including the Emmett Till murder trial, the integration of Central High School, and the 1968 sanitation workers' strike in Memphis.

Collections of his work include:

Negro League Baseball (2004)
The Memphis Blues Again: Six Decades of Memphis Music Photographs (2001)
Let Us March On!: Selected Civil Rights Photographs of Ernest C. Withers, 1955-1968 (1992)

More of his work can be seen at Panopticon.

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