"There was only one theater in downtown Dallas we were allowed to attend and that was the Majestic. Even there, we were only allowed into six or seven seats in the uppermost part of the balcony we called the 'buzzard roost.'" — R. C. Hickman
R. C. Hickman was a Dallas photographer whose thousands of images produced from 1949 to 1961 document life in an African American community in Texas. His photographs depict a community largely invisible to white Americans—thoroughly a part of mainstream America by virtue of accomplishment and lifestyle but excluded from it because of race. His images reveal his awareness of the broad community context within which individuals survive, grow, and understand themselves.
Behold the People: R. C. Hickman’s Photographs of Black Dallas, 1949–1961 is an exhibition by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin, presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Behold the People is made possible in part by a We the People grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
|Content||56 framed, black-and-white photographs|
56 identification labels
2 narrative text panels
|Space Requirements||120 linear feet of wall space|
|Shipping Weight and Dimensions||Travels in 2 wooden crates:|
|Rental Period||6 weeks|
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Behold the People press release.
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