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Off the Shelf: Author Talk with Jessica Ingram

August 27, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

At first glance, Jessica Ingram’s landscape photographs could have been made nearly anywhere in the American South: a fenced-in backyard, a dirt road lined by overgrowth, a field grooved with muddy tire prints. These seemingly ordinary places, however, were the sites of pivotal events during the Civil Rights era, where the bodies of activists, mill workers, store owners, sharecroppers, children and teenagers were murdered or found, victims of racist violence.

In her book “Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial,” images of those places are interspersed with oral histories from victims’ families and investigative journalists, as well as pages from newspapers and FBI files and other ephemera. Ingram unlocks powerful and complex histories to reframe these commonplace landscapes as sites of both remembrance and resistance. She transforms the way we regard both what has happened and what’s happening now—as the fight for civil rights goes on and memorialization has become the literal subject of contested cultural and societal ground.

Hosted by Kimber Thomas, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow for Data Curation in African American and African Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries.


This talk is part of Off the Shelf, a virtual event collaboration between the University Libraries and UNC Press to present new works on racial and social justice in our history and our world. Jessica Ingram’s presentation is also sponsored by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.


August 27, 2020
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm