Images of Dawoud Bey, The Birmingham Project: Mathes Manafee and Cassandra Griffin
Dawoud Bey’s The Birmingham Project looks back on the 1963 bombing of an African American church in Birmingham, Alabama, an act of racial terrorism that killed four young girls: Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley, Addie Mae Collins, and Carole Robertson.
The Birmingham Museum of Art invited photographer Bey to comment on the 50th anniversary of the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church by the Ku Klux Klan. Shot at the Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham, these photographs are from a series of paired portraits, each depicting two generations of current Birmingham residents. The girl on the left is the same age as the victims of the bombing in 1963; the woman on the right is the age that they would be today.