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Ernest C. Withers Photography Collection

Please note that all photographs on this page are © Ernest C. Withers Trust, Memphis, TN

Ernest C. Withers (1922-2007) was a Memphis-based photographer for over 40 years, whose work features many of the key historical moments and cultural subjects that are part of the vision of the NMAAHC. His photographs cover in-depth the story of the Negro Leagues, especially the teams and athletes that played at black-owned Martin Stadium; the Memphis music scene in the '50s, '60s, and '70s; and the Civil Rights Movement.

Withers operated his studio as a freelance photographer in Memphis since the late 1940s. His photographs appeared in Life, Time, Newsweek, Jet, and the Defender, among others. He always licensed the use of his images and retained copyright to them.

Young woman receives her voter registration card, Fayette County, TN, 1960