Posting photos from the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel today, on Martin Luther King Day, seems like an obvious choice on our part. The National Civil Rights Museum is a living memorial to the work of Martin Luther King, housed at the Lorraine Motel where his life was cut short. But, to be truthful, we’re posting these images almost six weeks after visiting the museum because it took us that long to return to them. It was easy to edit and share whimsical images from our time in Memphis; the museum held a much greater weight.The museum was painful; our trip was filled with silent hours of reflecting, learning, questioning, and mourning. Each exhibit offered new and expanded insights into the battles that have been waged for equality, and the very real ways that voices in power keep marginalized voices on the sidelines. For two photographers who have centered a year of travel around the idea of listening to voices that are constantly quieted, there was a sense of urgency in every corner of the Lorraine. The photos we took are filled with our own hopes, but they are muted by the realities of our country. We saw a history of violence at the Lorraine; from the slave trade up until, and through, our present America. There was too much here to try to summarize, but it is our hope that these photos offer a glimpse into this powerful space.”Slavery. Separate but equal. Boycotts. Assassinations. Black power. This is the history of the uprising that pushed national and international civil rights forward.”
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It all started more than 20 years ago when a group of dedicated towing professionals, the Friends of Towing, decided to recognize outstanding individuals in the towing and recovery industry worldwide, record the industry’s history, collect and display artifacts and memorabilia in a museum setting, and provide information about the industry to the public. The first Hall of Fame class consisted of 27 members and today has grown to include over 300 distinguished towing professionals.
In its humble beginnings, the Friends of Towing displayed the Hall of Fame and Museum in a semi-trailer and drove it to and from towing and recovery industry trade shows across the country. In 1995 when it came time to settle down in one permanent location, the organization decided on the scenic city of Chattanooga, TN. Chattanooga had been credited as the birthplace of the tow truck thanks to inventor Ernest Holmes Sr. Holmes and his son Ernest Holmes Jr. would go on to establish a major towing manufacturer named the Ernest Holmes Company. Today, the museum has evolved from the humble Friends of Towing into the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum.
The Tow Truck and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, Chatanooga, TN. November, 2017. For more photos visit our Patreon!
With the largest Greek population outside of Greece, the Greek Orthodox tradition of Epiphany in Tarpon Springs is done by the books. Before heading out, we weren’t sure what to expect. [Insert obvious “it’s all Greek to me!” joke.]
The ceremony, as we understood it, involved a morning-long church ceremony, a procession, a blessing of a wooden cross, and a crew of young men who dive into the water to retrieve the cross. (In the 40-degree weather of a chilly January morning, this is no small feat.) Finding the cross is not only good luck for the diver and their family but the whole of the town.
What we found was a part religious ceremony, part athletic event, part campaign rally for Antonio Sabato, Jr (?), and a huge community-wide celebration.
Tarpon Springs, Florida. January 6, 2018.
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Someone told us Florida would be warm… this freezing rain has us thinking otherwise. Well, further south we go - any suggestions for a week in the Florida Keys?
Gainesville, Florida. January 1, 2018.
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