Dr. Doris A. Derby, a documentary photographer and civil rights activist, will donate a historic photograph from the civil rights era to The University of Alabama during the opening reception of an exhibit featuring her photographs.
The exhibit, “Fertile Ground: The Civil Rights Movement and Its Legacy in the Mississippi Delta,” will be displayed Oct. 2-30 at The University of Alabama Gallery in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in downtown Tuscaloosa.
The opening reception will held Friday, Oct. 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the gallery, during which Derby will also present an artist’s talk. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
Derby’s donated photograph will become part of the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at UA, one of the largest collections of African-American art in the world. Paul Jones donated the collection to UA in 2008. He died in 2010.
“Paul saw some of my photographs before he died, and he wanted to purchase some of them for his collection,” Derby said. “The photograph I’m donating is one of the ones he had selected. It was just meant to be in the collection.”
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