Art exhibit honoring lives lost in civil rights movement on display in Birmingham

(Kaitlin McCulley/CBS42)
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Visitors to the Birmingham Museum of Art can now view a new portrait gallery honoring some of the children who lost their lives in the civil rights movement.

The exhibit, which is called Project Birmingham, opened Thursday.

In the exhibit, photographer Dawoud Bey reflects on the historical moment when four girls were killed in the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963. Bey also reflects on two boys who were killed in related violence.

The 16 large-scale black and white photos depict 32 Birmingham girls, women, boys and men.

The children are all the same age as those who were killed in 1963, and the adults in the photos are the ages the girls and boys would have been in 2013 if they were alive.

“It’s sort of a portrait of contemporary black Birmingham, and it’s sort of a meditation on the last 50 years and this movement, and maybe the next 50 years,” said Ron Platt, the Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

The photos were all taken in two different settings: the Birmingham Museum of Art and inside Bethel Baptist Church.

The exhibition runs through Dec. 2.

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