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Ernest Withers spent more than 60 years documenting history from the blues music of Beale Street to the civil rights movement.

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Photographs copyright Ernest C. Withers, courtesy of Panopticon Gallery, Boston.


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He put together a living legacy. Thank God he did it, said Benjamin Hooks.


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Deputy Sheriff Ben Selby searches Ernest Withers at the Emmett Till murder trial in Sumner, Miss. in 1955.


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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others took up the march June 7, 1966, a day after James Meredith was shot. Withers was there to document the march.


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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rev. Ralph Abernathy ride on one of the first desegregated buses in Montgomery, AL December 21, 1956.


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One day a week was designated for blacks only at the Overton Park Zoo, as it was called in the 1950's. All other days were for whites.


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13 black first graders entered four of Memphis' previously all-white schools October 3, 1961. From left: Michael Willis, Harry Williams and Dwania Kyles.


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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stopped by police at Medgar Evers' funeral in Jackson, MS, June, 1963.


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Memphis sanitation workers led by Dr. King went forward March 28, 1968. 'I Am A Man' came to symbolize the strike effort.


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A policeman stops marchers at Main Street after rioting broke out on Beale.


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Dr. King, who was preparing for the Poor People's Campaign in Washington, spoke before thousands at Mason Temple March 18, 1968.


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An April 8, 1968 memorial march through downtown Memphis following the April 4 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


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Before the middle of the 20th century, Beale Street lured soon-to-be music legends such as B.B. King.


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King performs with the Bill Harvey Band at the Hippodrome, in Memphis, in the 1950's.


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B.B. King with his tour bus, band and crew on Beale Street in the 1950's.


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Elvis Presley and B.B. King backstage at the 1956 Goodwill Revue at Ellis Auditorium. The Goodwill Revue was a fund-raiser for radio station WDIA.


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Rufus Thomas appeared with Elvis at the 1956 Goodwill Revue as Rocking Horse, the Indian responsible for bringing rock and roll into the tribe.


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Lionel Hampton performs at The Hippodrome in the 1950's.


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Twins at WDIA circa 1948, the year the station became the first in the country to go to all-black programming.



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