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Benton Museum of Art lands major photography gift

The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College recently announced it has received a donation of more than 1,600 press photographs documenting the Civil Rights Movement.

Included is the 1967 Pulitzer Prize–winning photo of the attempted assassination of James H. Meredith by Associated Press photographer Jack Thornell, and Cecil Stoughton’s Associated Press image of former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s November 22, 1963 swearing in on Air Force One hours after President Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas. Further works include scenes of resistance, civil disobedience, and civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez, Meredith, and Myrlie Evers-Williams, a civil rights pioneer and graduate of Pomona College’s Class of 1968.

The gift was made by Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Evers-Williams and coincides with her own recent gift of archives and papers to Pomona College. It also “enables the Benton to realize their goal to engage in difficult discussions of systemic oppression and racism, socioeconomic disparity, and gender equality, and to amplify the voices of those who have been historically marginalized,” read a news release.

“By making these photographs publicly accessible, the Benton hopes to continue the mission of the civil rights activists depicted in them,” the release continued.

A gallery preview of the images is active at embarkweb1.campus.pomona.edu.

To learn more, call (909) 621-8283 or email benton@pomona.edu.

The Benton Museum of Art, at 120 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont, is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. with extended hours to 10 p.m. on Thursday.

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