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Photograph by:
Sheila Pree Bright, American, born 1967  Search this
Subject of:
Francis G. Slay, American, born 1955  Search this
Unidentified Man or Men  Search this
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
Unidentified Child or Children  Search this
ink on paper
H x W (Image): 12 × 12 in. (30.5 × 30.5 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 16 1/2 × 13 in. (41.9 × 33 cm)
inkjet prints
Place captured:
Ferguson, Saint Louis County, Missouri, United States, North and Central America
Sheila Pree Bright is best recognized for crafting compelling images that examine the meaning of Americanism and democracy. Working through diverse photographic forms ranging from digital prints to photographic murals on the sides of buildings, Bright is both an observer and participant in the communities that populate her images. While celebrating the presence and power of the people caught in the click of her lens, Bright elevates our understanding of democracy by documenting the lived experiences of Americans who raise their voices from the ground. This image is from Bright’s project #1960Now, a portfolio of photographs that document Black Lives Matter as a movement of diverse ideas, communities, and cultures.
A black-and-white photograph taken at a Black Lives Matter rally in Ferguson, Missouri. A group of people are standing around a ceremonial white coffin with a wreath of flowers laid on top. A child stands behind the coffin, and behind the child, a man is holding a sign with pictures of men including St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay and the slogan "Standing up for St. Louis" (partially obscured). Behind the central figures, more people are standing, holding placards and signs. A tall building is visible in the background.
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
Children  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Justice  Search this
Photography  Search this
Race relations  Search this
U.S. History, 2001-  Search this
Urban life  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Sheila Pree Bright
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Restrictions & Rights:
© Sheila Pree Bright
Permission required for use. Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
#1960Now Portfolio (B)
Media Arts-Photography
Black Lives Matter
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture