Herbert Randall Photographs Available Online

News item published on: 2014-07-03 18:25:51

July 2014

The Herbert Randall Freedom Summer Photographs digital collection is now available online. The photographs, taken during the summer of 1964 in Hattiesburg, MS, include images of violence against volunteers, voter registration canvassing, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Freedom Schools, the Free Southern Theatre and a Picnic at the home of Vernon Dahmer, which signified the official beginning of the Hattiesburg Project. Collectively, these photographs are invaluable assets to Freedom Summer history as they intimately and accurately reveal the people and events that made the movement all that it was.

Randall served as the official photographer during Freedom Summer, when an alliance of local residents, out-of-state college students and voting rights organizers from all across the U.S. gathered in Hattiesburg to secure the right for African Americans to vote in Mississippi. The photos Randall captured during that summer were donated to University Archives at Southern Miss. Additionally, Randall’s work is permanently represented in the collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library and the Library of Congress.

There are 784 publicly viewable images available by browsing online.