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MDC Exhibit Documents 1960s Civil Rights Work in North Carolina

MDC Exhibit Documents 1960s Civil Rights Work in North Carolina

(Copyright Billy E. Barnes)

This Friday, Aug. 17, MDC will be opening its new gallery and convening space as part of Durham’s Third Friday artwalk. The featured exhibit will be: Billy E. Barnes: Photos from the North Carolina Fund, 1963-1967. We will be open from 6-9 p.m. at our offices in the historic John Sprunt Hill Building at 307 W. Main St. in downtown Durham ( 

In the 1960s, Barnes was public relations director for the Durham-based North Carolina Fund, a groundbreaking anti-poverty experiment begun by Gov. Terry Sanford to create "institutional, political, economic and social change designed to bring about a functioning, democratic society."

For five years, he criss-crossed the state with his cameras, creating 63,000 photographs now in the archives of The North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill. This photo of community organizer Howard Fuller spotting a gunman (police? the Klan?) on the roof of a building in downtown Durham during a march the day after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the photos on display.

MDC, which was created out of the North Carolina Fund in 1967, is proud to celebrate its new Durham headquarters by presenting some of Barnes' most memorable and evocative photographs. Special thanks are due to Barnes and to The North Carolina Collection for making this exhibition possible. 

Please come, and be sure to visit the other venues on display, as well (