Photography gives us a visual reference to where we’ve been as well as where we’re heading. A person, a family, or even a city can be captured through the camera lens and cataloged as a visual record for generations to come.
In a joint effort with the Dallas Public Library, Full Color, Inc. collaborated to produce Celebrating Black Dallas: An Exhibition from the Dallas History and Genealogy Collection, a photography exhibit highlighting the wonderful archive of images that is cataloged and maintained through the Dallas Public Library’s Historic Archives.
Librarians Misty Maberry, Brian Collins, and Brandon Murray worked alongside Full Color’s founder and chairman Paul Fuller to print and exhibit work from Dallas photographer Marion Butts as well as other local photographers highlighting life in Dallas from the 1920's through the 1970's. These historic images of African American life in Dallas shed a new light on local happenings from this time period.
Celebrating Black Dallas is on display through the end of March on the 7th floor of the Dallas Public Library. The exhibit inside Dallas City Hall’s atrium is on display during the month of February celebrating Black History Month. Marion Butts' images can be seen in more detail through the Dallas Library's Online Gallery.
These exhibits have been donated as a gift to the residents and visitors of Dallas.
If you have not visited the Dallas Public Library’s Historic Archives and seen the wonderful heritage of images they maintain, you should make it a point to see them.