I Am A Man Exhibit


Civil Rights Photographs in the American South, 1960–1970
January 30 – August 21, 2021

Oppression. Resistance. Hope.

Witness the hope and determination of the Civil Rights Movement in the face of oppression and violence in this photographic journey through the Civil Rights Movement across the South, including James Meredith’s integration of the University of Mississippi in 1962, events surrounding the murder of Vernon Dahmer in 1966, and the Poor People’s Campaign in 1968.

First shown in Montpellier, France, at the Pavillon Populaire in 2018, the exhibition was curated by William R. Ferris—the Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, former chairman of the National Endowment of the Humanities, and founding director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. 

A discussion of the I AM A MAN exhibit featuring Ferris and Two Mississippi Museums director Pamela D.C. Junior will be held virtually at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 30. The program will stream live from the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Facebook page. The I AM A MAN exhibit will run through August 21, 2021. 

Photo courtesy of Dr. Doris Derby

The twelve photographers include:

Norman Dean
Doris Derby
Roland L. Freeman
Robert Langmuir
James “Spider” Martin
Calvert McCann
Winfred Moncrief
Jim Peppler
Bruce Roberts
Art Shay
Don Sturkey
Ernest C. Withers


Admission includes access to all special exhibitions and the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.  

Adult: $15 
Youth (ages 4–22): $8 
Senior (ages 60+) or military: $13 
Children under 3 years: FREE 

Tickets are available here. Learn more about group discounts here.  

Regular museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. The museums are open free of charge on Sundays, 1–5 p.m.  

COVID safety precautions include requiring all visitors to wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines. Masks are available on site. All public spaces have been sanitized, and thorough cleaning continues every day. Staff are on site to ensure that social distancing guidelines are maintained.