The Center for Documentary Studies exhibitions program aims to present images, documents, sound, and written experiences that connect people and serve as a community forum for documentary work.
One of the most popular exhibitions in our history fit that bill to a tee. Opening at CDS in August 2004, the multimedia exhibit Oh Freedom Over Me marked the fortieth anniversary of Freedom Summer and celebrated American voting rights and responsibilities. Featuring photographs by three members of the Southern Documentary Project—Matt Herron, George Ballis, and David Prince—the exhibit recorded the rapid social change taking place in Mississippi and other parts of the South in 1964 with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s (SNCC) involvement in voter registration and education. Oh Freedom Over Me continued on as a traveling exhibition in various colleges, libraries, and museums in Florida, Ohio, Kansas, and Michigan from 2006 to 2010. The exhibit was most recently on view at the Durham County Public Library in North Carolina in late 2014, marking ten years of the exhibit’s impact on different communities across the country.
Information on CDS’s involvement in a current partnership involving the SNCC Legacy Project and Duke University, including the One Person, One Vote website as well as a future SNCC Digital Gateway made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.