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Mississippi Museum of Art Opens Breach of Peace Portraits of the 1961 Freedom Riders

The Mississippi Museum of Art presents Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Freedom Riders on view March 19–June 12, 2011.

It has been fifty years since the historic summer of 1961 when hundreds of Americans converged on Jackson, Mississippi, to fight for civil rights and challenge the state’s segregation laws. Of the Freedom Riders, 328 were arrested and charged with “breach of peace.” This powerful exhibition Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Freedom Riders shares journalist and photographer Eric Etheridge’s project of the same name ( All 328 mug shots are prominently installed in the Museum alongside sixteen contemporary portraits of Riders.

For more information about this exhibition and other programs offered by the Mississippi Museum of Art, visit the web at or call 601-960-1515 or toll free 1-866-VIEW-ART.

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