Book Launch: "Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial"

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

A book launch event for photographer Jessica Ingram's Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial includes a reception (5:30 p.m.), artist's talk (6:30 p.m.), and book signing. Co-hosted by UNC Press, co-publisher of the book with the Center for Documentary Studies.

At first glance, Jessica Ingram's landscape photographs could have been made nearly anywhere in the American South: a fenced-in backyard, a dirt road lined by overgrowth, a field grooved with muddy tire prints. These seemingly ordinary places, however, were the sites of pivotal events during the civil rights era, though often there is not a plaque with dates and names to mark their importance. Many of these places are where the bodies of activists, mill workers, store owners, sharecroppers, children and teenagers were murdered or found, victims of racist violence. Images of these places are interspersed with oral histories from victims' families and investigative journalists, as well as pages from newspapers and FBI files and other ephemera. With Road Through Midnight, the result of nearly a decade of research and fieldwork, Ingram unlocks powerful and complex histories to reframe these commonplace landscapes as sites of both remembrance and resistance and transform the way we regard both what has happened and what's happening now–as the fight for civil rights goes on and memorialization has become the literal subject of contested cultural and societal ground.

Image: Book cover of Jessica Ingram's Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial 

Event Speaker: 
Jessica Ingram
Event Location: 
Center for Documentary Studies
Event Contact: 
CDS Front Desk
Event Contact Phone: 
660-3663
Event Sponsor: 
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Book cover of Jessica Ingram's "Road Through Midnight": A Civil Rights Memorial