The Addie E. McFarland Foundation, along with the Mineola Landmark Commission will present “Behold the People: R. C. Hickman’s Photographs of Black Dallas, 1949—1961,” an Exhibition by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin, presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The exhibition will be available to the public from June 26 to July 14 at McFarland Comminity Center and from July 17 to Aug 3 at Mineola Memorial Library. For more information about viewing hours or to arrange group visits, contact Debra McCalla, Building Manager, at 903-569-8851.
R. C. Hickman was a Dallas photographer whose thousands of images produced from 1949 to 1961 document aspects a community of life in an African American community in Texas. His photographs depict a community largely invisible to white Americans—thoroughly a part of mainstream America by virtue of accomplishment and lifestyle but excluded from it because of race.
Mr. Hickman worked as a commercial portrait photographer, a photojournalist for several black newspapers in Dallas, a freelance photographer for national black publications such as Jet, Sepia and Ebony and a photographer for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). His images reveal his awareness of a community within which individuals survive, grow and understand themselves.
This exhibition was made possible through a grant from Humanities Texas.