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    Witness to History: Selma Photography of Stephen Somerstein

    Brandywine River Museum of Art

    1 Hoffman's Mill Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317

    Saturday February 1st 2020 to Sunday June 14th 2020

    • Sundays

      9:30am to 4pm

    • Mondays

      9:30am to 4pm

    • Wednesdays

      9:30am to 4pm

    • Thursdays

      9:30am to 4pm

    • Fridays

      9:30am to 4pm

    • Saturdays

      9:30am to 4pm

    Serving as a companion to the Brandywine River Museum of Art's Votes for Women: A Visual History exhibition, Witness to History explores the historic 1965 Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, civil rights march­—a turning point in the civil rights movement that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act.


    This exhibition presents 55 of the photographs taken through the lens of photographer Stephen Somerstein—then a 24-year-old student—on March 25, 1965, accompanied by his commentary of the day’s events. With five cameras around his neck and only 15 rolls of film, Somerstein seemed to be everywhere at once documenting this pivotal moment in history.


    He captured photographs of Dr. King and other prominent activists such as Rosa Parks, James Baldwin, Bayard Rustin, John Lewis, and Joan Baez. Somerstein also took poignant portraits of his fellow demonstrators, as well as the anonymous bystanders who had gathered along the route to observe the civil action in progress.

    Accessibility Information

    The entire museum is wheelchair accessible, including bathrooms, water fountains and the museum café. Please use the museum’s riverside entrance to avoid steps. Service animals are welcome in the museum.
    Free - $18
    Brandywine River Museum of Art

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