Event—Public Programming

Exhibition Tour of "Photographing Freetowns"


Chicago-area photographer Helen Balfour Morrison is largely unknown today, but she created an impressive body of photographs documenting African American life in Depression-era Kentucky. Beginning in 1935, Morrison traveled to the Inner Bluegrass region near Lexington, Kentucky, where she photographed the residents of two small African American communities or freetowns, Zion Hill and Sugar Hill. This exhibition features nearly 80 of Morrison's original prints that chart the daily lives of these individuals, picturing their work, domestic rituals, and social life. Join curators Martha Briggs and Catherine Grandgeorge for a guided tour of these compelling images.