Current Location:
Flat File 01 -> Drawer 7 (FF)
Location Notes:
FF01; Drawer 7

Civil Rights Memorial: Civil Rights Martyrs

Artwork
Identifier:
2018.81.2
Artist:
Southern Poverty Law Center
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Poster
Date:
circa 2018
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 16" Width: 12"
Description:
Black and white poster of 38 different black and white photographic portraits and a quote by Maya Lin. SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) logo at bottom right corner.
Historical Context:
Montgomery, Alabama is known both as the birthplace of the civil rights movement and the first capitol of the Confederacy. In would 1989, situated just around the corner from the historic Dexter Avenue Baptist Church where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. helped launch the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955, it would become home to the nation’s first memorial to the martyrs of the civil rights movement. Maya Lin, creator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, was commissioned to design the monument. Lin found her inspiration in the words "until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream," a paraphrase from the Book of Amos that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used in his "I Have a Dream" speech and at the start of the Montgomery bus boycott.