They Led the Way Exhibit Receives National History Award

A civil rights photography exhibit has won a national Award or Merit

A civil rights exhibit created by JMC Professor Ann Schierhorn and featuring photography by Director of Photojournalism David LaBelle has won a national Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History.

The exhibit They Led the Way chronicles the stories of eight students who desegregated the public schools in Tallahassee, Fla., in the 1960s. It premiered in September 2013 at the John G. Riley Center/Museum of African American History and Culture in Tallahassee. A duplicate exhibit was shown January through March 2014 at the Kent State School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where Schierhorn and LaBelle are faculty members. 

The association will present the award honoring Schierhorn, LaBelle and Riley Museum Director Althemese Barnes on Friday (Sept. 19) at its annual meeting in St. Paul, Minn.

“The winners represent the best in the field and provide leadership for the future of state and local history,” according to the AASLH.  

“They Led the Way” was the only Florida exhibit to win an AASLH merit award, but it is one of two award winners associated with Kent State. The university won an award for the May 4 Visitor Center exhibits.  

Photo: Guests view the exhibition They Led the Way that tells the stories of the eight students who desegregated Leon County, Florida, public schools in the 1960s. Photo by David LaBelle

POSTED: Friday, September 19, 2014 04:33 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:02 AM
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