Mississippi Delta: Back Roads, Small Towns
Photographs by Alan Strassman
May 3 - June 29, 2017
"In August 1955, a 14-year old African American boy allegedly insulted a white woman at Bryant’s Grocery Store in Money, Mississippi. Three weeks later, in the Sumner, Mississippi Courthouse, an all-white jury acquitted his two killers after little more than an hour of deliberation. In the winter of 1955, as a high school senior, I wrote a prize-winning essay about the acquittal of Emmett Till’s killers. Sixty years later, in the autumn of 2016, I made a pilgrimage to Bryant’s Grocery and the trial site – Sumner Courthouse – and the Mississippi Delta where I photographed back roads and crumbling small towns where cotton is no longer king and the livin’ is far from easy."
Alan Strassman took his first photographs more than 60 years ago with a Brownie Hawkeye. A serious amateur for many years, fine art photography became his second career in 2008. Alan has studied art history, drawing, sculpture, ceramics and photography at Princeton, Westchester Art Workshop, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Maine Media Workshops, Griffin Museum and the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School.
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