PTC Protest, November 8, 1943, 1943. (John W. Mosley Photograph Collection, Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA.)

A Million Faces: The Photography of John W. Mosley

09/24/2016
01/16/2017

An Exhibition in Partnership with Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University Libraries

September 24, 2016–January 16, 2017

John W. Mosley (1907–1969) was one of the premier photojournalists of 20th-century Philadelphia. He chronicled the vitality of the black community and life in the segregated city from the 1930s through the height of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.

We ask for you to tell us your stories of what you may know about these photographs! Simply click here or on one of the four images you see at the bottom of this screen, explore, and share what you know.

 

A catalogue of A Million Faces will be available for purchase in our museum store in May of 2017.

 

For their generous support of this exhibition and catalogue, Woodmere extends sincere thanks and appreciation to the Lomax Family Foundation, William M. King Charitable Foundation, Ethel Benson Wister, and Mary G. David.

Image: PTC Protest, November 8, 1943, 1943. (John W. Mosley Photograph Collection, Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA.)

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