1964: Civil Rights at 50

"1964: Civil Rights at 50"

On display through 2014

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"1964: Civil Rights at 50" is a yearlong exhibit that chronicles the events of a dramatic year in the civil rights movement, including Freedom Summer, "Mississippi Burning" and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Explore an exclusive collection of photographs by photojournalist Ted Polumbaum, who captured powerful images of Freedom Summer, a bold campaign organized by civil rights groups in 1964 to register black voters in Mississippi. From volunteer training sessions to clashes with segregationists, Polumbaum's photos reveal the passion for social justice that led him to Mississippi in the summer of 1964. The Polumbaum photographs are part of more than 200,000 of his images donated to the Newseum's permanent collection by his widow, Nyna Brael Polumbaum in 2003.

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