The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom photo exhibit is free at the Rose Center in Morristown.


(WBIR-Morristown) His words still resonate a half century later. Images in black and white preserve that day in August a half century ago when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shared his dream.

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom photo exhibit is free at the Rose Center in Morristown. Emily Stroud and Tim Dale

They are on display in a collection at the Rose Center in Morristown.

"The exhibit itself is a touring exhibit from the National Exhibitions and Archives and it's been around the country although this is the first time it's been in Tennessee," Drew Ogle said.

Drew Ogle is Director of the Rose Center, the host of the photographic exhibit called The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The Task Force on Diversity was instrumental in securing the exhibit.

"Our motto is to put the unity in community," Sami Barile said.

Sami Barile with the Task Force enjoys the variety of the historic pictures.

"I have a little music in my brain so when I saw pictures of Harry Belafonte and Joan Baez and Bob Dylan that brought me back to my youth but really looking at the serious aspects of it, it is so moving and so important for people who weren't around 50 years ago when the march was held," she said.

Each photograph captures a moment and tells a story through the lens of one photographer.

"They were all taken by one man, a photographer names Stanley Tretick. He was on assignment from Look Magazine so he had access to behind the scenes planning. I mean you see pictures from the Oval Office, you see pictures up close and personal with Dr. King and other leaders of the Civil Rights Movement," Drew Ogle said.

That day about a quarter million gathered for what was at the time the largest demonstration ever in the nation's capital.

The historic photographs show some of them: the marchers, the organizers, and program speakers.

Drew Ogle appreciates the diversity depicted in the collection.

"You see black faces and white faces and Christian faces and Jewish faces and young and old and it's what makes a community," he said.

Sami Barile said, "I hope people realize that there's more that makes us similar than there is that makes us different."

The free exhibit will be at the Rose Center through the end of Black History Month, February 28.

"We would just like to invite everybody to come on down," Ogle said.

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