'Journey to Freedom' starts in January

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By The Staff

Experience America’s journey toward freedom through an exhibition of large format photographs by photographer Benny F. Cochran and A.E. Jenkins Studio of Albany, Ga. The exhibition honors the contributions and sacrifices that people young and old, black and white, made in the struggle for equality during the Civil Rights era.

“It would be difficult to imagine America without this journey,” said the late exhibition curator James Ray Miller. This exhibit displays the victory and defeats and the ultimate triumph of civil rights in America that have left an indelible imprint on our nation and the entire world.

“Given the rich history of the state of Florida, and the rich political and human history of Gadsden County in particular, this exhibition is a natural,” said exhibition organizer Willie Dawkins Miller. Miller will give a gallery talk about the exhibition at the opening reception Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Gadsden Arts Center.

“'Journey Toward Freedom' is an important exhibition for our community, our state, and our country,” said Executive Director Grace Maloy. “We are particularly fortunate to have the exhibition at this time. With President-Elect Obama’s inauguration and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January and, in February, Black History Month, the exhibition helps us to honor past history while celebrating history as it is being made."

Journey Toward Freedom will be on exhibition in the Gadsden Arts Center’s Bates Community Room Gallery from Jan. 16 to March 1. The opening reception is set for Jan. 16, from 6-9 p.m., with the Gallery Talk at 6:30 p.m.

The Center will also feature Phil Gleason Sculpture in the Sara May Love Gallery, works by 22 members of the GAC Artists Guild in the Zoe Golloway Exhibit Hall, and works of art by students from Stewart Street Elementary and St. John Elementary in the Bates Children’s Gallery.

The Gadsden Arts Center is located at 13 N. Madison St., just 20 miles from downtown Tallahassee, 10 miles from Tallahassee city limits. Admission is $1 (members and children admitted free). Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to  5 p.m. Group tours are available free of charge. Call 875-4866 to make your reservation.