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“Some great photos”

Withers Collection Museum & Gallery
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US$38.00*
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Memphis Heritage Attraction Pass
Ranked #8 of 164 things to do in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Withers Collection Museum and Gallery houses and displays the collection of photographs taken by Ernest C. Withers, a prolific photojournalist who captured Memphis history for over 60 years.
Reviewed 18 January 2018

This is a small museum packed with great photos of the civil rights movement and some music history.

Thank Rosemary W
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Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Ernest Withers was an African American photojournalist who documented the Civil Rights movement and much of the black history in the south. He was a photographer for Martin Luther King.

Ernest also photographed many of the stars on the Memphis music scene including Elvis, BB King, Al Green and Aretha Franklin to mention a few.

His collection, some of which is in the Smithsonian, is shown and sold in a museum gallery on Beale Street.

The museum & gallery is open until 11pm on Friday and Saturday and during the day every day except Monday.

Thank photographersabroad
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Reviewed 21 October 2017

This museum is really small, but contains a lot of photographs from from Ernest Withers who took 1000s of photos of the civil rights movement. There are photos of early blues artists too, along with Elvis, and some others. The photos of the civil rights movement are really fantastic to see. You cannot take photos in here.

I suggest making a stop as you are bar hopping on Beale Street.

Thank Zebra_45678
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

Social history at its best, Withers (huge) collection perfectly catches the mood of a time, through civil rights, music and the people of the streets.

Thank Paul S
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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

You will not be disappointed if you add this gallery to your to do list; in fact, I'd argue it is essential to understanding American history and the civil rights movement.

My mind was absolutely blown when I stumbled into this wonderful museum. It's beautiful curated and the docents are so warm and friendly. Cici and Ms. V were delightful and accommodating to my friend and I.

If you can, please donate to the museum. They have hundreds of thousands of photos that still need to be processed. I cannot wait to come back next time I'm in town to see what else they have dug out of the archives.

Thank Chelsea C
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