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A More Perfect Picture: Frederick Douglass and the Image of the Nation

In 1861, abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass’ public talk, Pictures and Progress, marked him as one of the earliest and most astute social theorists of photography in the United States. Douglass believed that photography was a visionary tool, offering an important avenue for social justice in a nation clamoring for change. Dr. Laura Wexler will examine Douglass’ thoughts about photography and their continuing relevance during a lecture September 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rosalind S. Richardson Center for the Arts at Wofford College in Spartanburg. Free.