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Sometimes it’s easy to forget that photography has been around since the 1800s, with Louisville edging it out with its founding in 1778. The University of Louisville Photographic Archives blends these two thriving institutions in “Two Centuries of Black Louisville: A Photographic History,” an exhibit based on a book by the same name that will open this coming Friday, June 24. Nearly 100 images included in the book—coauthored by Arts and Sciences Dean Blaine Hudson—capture African-American life from the late 1800s through the mid-1970s, including the early days of the civil rights movement.

The exhibit, which runs until September 9, is free and open to the public in the Photographic Archives gallery, east wing, lower level, Ekstrom Library. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, contact curator Elizabeth Reilly at 852-6762 or [email protected].

Contact the author at [email protected] or www.leecopywriting.com.

Photo: Courtesy Butler Books


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