“ Spider Martin, more than any other photographer of our time, has used his camera to document the struggle for civil rights and social change in the State of Alabama…In viewing Spider’s collection, one is literally walking through the pages of American history.”
Congressman John Lewis 1996



The Spider Martin Civil Rights Collection is proud to present:


This powerful traveling exhibition consists of 45 of Spider Martin’s most compelling images from the Selma Voting Rights Freedom March in 1965. Many of these images are well-known and iconic while others have never before been seen. This collection presents an in-depth chronology of the events which occurred during the Selma march, not just the highlights of Bloody Sunday, but also Selma voter registration efforts, church rallies, the foot soldiers, and Turnaround Tuesday, along with unforgettable moments from the 54 mile march from Selma to Montgomery. 

Spider’s poignant and historically significant photographs document the injustices, prejudices and violence of our past Voting Rights era while bearing stunning similarity to our current ongoing crisis in too many American cities and communities across the United States. 

Black History is not a one month lesson. Black History has always been 365 days a year. Examining black history also allows us to gain insight into the related issues of Voter Suppression, Police Brutality, Mass Incarceration, Immigration, and Homophobia.

This exhibition, SELMA 1965: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF SPIDER MARTIN, is available for rental to schools, universities, libraries, museums, galleries and institutions all across the country every month of the year. Our intention is to engage viewers in a dialogue which will generate healing, change and justice.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

                                                               - Martin Luther King

One of the most significant events of the Civil Rights Movement occurred on March 7, 1965, when the Alabama State Police viciously attacked a large group of peaceful citizens who were attempting to march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to protest efforts by local officials to prevent African Americans from registering to vote. That day, known as “Bloody Sunday,” as well as related events in the weeks that followed, were documented by a number of photojournalists, including Flip Schulke, Charles Moore, Steve Schapiro, Dan Budnik, and a young Alabama native son, James “Spider” Martin. Of that group of gifted photographers, none matched the depth and breadth of Spider Martin’s coverage. Martin’s images of Bloody Sunday were widely distributed by the mass news media, and they played a significant role in galvanizing public opinion in support of protestors. 

- Don Carleton, Executive Director, Briscoe Center For American History

This exhibition has been produced with the generous support of the Briscoe Center for American History