The Parthenon

April 26, 2018 – July 8, 2018


This is the Original and Only Harry Shepherd is a collection of photographs by nationally noted African American artist and activist Harry Shepherd. Shepherd won an “Award for Excellence” at the Tennessee Centennial Exposition of 1897, and his seminal photographic collage, Our Unsung Heroes (1899), attracted the attention of activist W.E.B Du Bois. In 1900, Du Bois appointed Shepherd to be an official photographer for the African-American exhibit at the Paris International Exposition.

This collection, which is on view in the Parthenon’s West Gallery, celebrates Harry Shepherd’s story and work with enlarged reproductions from the collections of the Library of Congress and the Minnesota Historical Society. This is the Original and Only Harry Shepherd also includes a video from the Minnesota Public Television documentary, Harry Shepherd: Portrait of Progress.

On Thursday, April 26, 2018, from 6-8 p.m., Nashville Arts publisher Paul Polycarpou, Director and Curator of Fisk University Galleries Jamaal Sheats, and Parthenon exhibit curator Mark Medley will discuss Harry Shepherd and his work. The discussion will take place inside the Parthenon, and it is free and open to the public.

This is the Original and Only Harry Shepherd will remain on view through Sunday, July 8th, 2018.

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