Many months ago on a trip back to my old home town of Memphis, I took a few hours to play tourist and visit Mason Temple. Mason Temple was the last place that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke because the very next morning he was shot dead on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. As a photographer I always try to find ways to blend my background in education and history with photography and look for ways to photograph a place in a way that gives the viewer a unique perspective.
A couple of months back I received an email from Abilene Christian University inquiring if they could have permission to use one of my Mason Temple photographs in a story that they would be publishing in their next alumni magazine edition. They found my photograph in a blog that I had posted a few months back about my visit to Mason Temple. (blog titled… A Southern Girl’s View ~ Mason Temple). The ACU article tells the story of ACU students who recently took a few weeks off to follow the Freedom Riders journey across the south and visit all the historic civil rights sites. I loved the story and felt honored to be apart of such an educational piece.
Below is the final layout of the article with my photograph (standing behind the pulpit of Mason Temple and looking into an empty congregation). Click here for link to the ACU online edition – ACU online edition