The Withers photography collection is a priceless treasure. A cultural and educational archive that provides the public with an accurate pictorial view of this country's African-American history. It seems natural that the collection remains in Memphis. Ernest Withers was a native Memphian who had a lifelong love affair with the city of Memphis. The Collection, covering more than 60 years of 20th century history, is a learning tool and a teaching tool for students for educators.
The mission of The Withers Collection Museum & Gallery is to exhibit and interpret the photographic images for the public, the media and academia. The Collection is based on a volume of over a million images recorded by this renowned photojournalist. The foundation conducts ongoing forums, seminars and workshops to study Withers' powerful and unique images. Such public efforts create an open and ongoing dialogue that can help heal the wounds of racism.
We are delighted that you have decided to stop by to view our unique collection of civil right historical photos all taken by Ernest C. Withers, most of which can be viewed here only.
As you may very well be awear, Memphis is know for its musical history however to get to know more about the history of Memphis music, visit our musical collection which features some of music greats such as BB Kings, Issac Hayes, Elvis Presley, and many many more all taken by Ernest C. Withers
The color line in American baseball, until the 1950s, excluded players of Black African descent from Major League Baseball and its affiliated Minor Leagues.It became a passion for Ernest C. Withers to follow the de segregation of baseball so he begin to follow greats players such as Jackie Ribinson and many more. We welcome you to visit our extensive collection of baseball history.