Tuskegee Archivist to Give Polk Exhibit Lecture December 7 at Springville Road Regional Library

Dana Chandler, Tuskegee University archivist, will present a lecture on the Polk Exhibit at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, December 7. 

The Polk Exhibit, a series of photographs featuring the work of renowned black photographer P.H. Polk, is now on display at the Springville Road Regional Branch Library.

The exhibit spotlighting Polk, considered one of the most influential black photographers of all time,  provides a visual glimpse of 20th-century life on the Tuskegee University campus and surrounding community.

 A reception and opening lecture by Dana Chandler, an archivist/historian at Tuskegee University, will take place at Springville Road Library at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 7. The event is free to the public. Call 205-226-4081 for more information.

Chandler, a history expert on Tuskegee University, said much of Polk’s work was centered around what was then known as Tuskegee Institute, and celebrated family life, national and local elite individuals, and specific events occurring on campus. 

The exhibit, available for public viewing through December 30, 2019, is being sponsored by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission and the Southern Literary Trail.

A graduate of Auburn University, Chandler works as the University Archivist/Associate Professor at Tuskegee University. He is co-author of To Raise Up the Man Farthest Down: Tuskegee University’s Advancements in Human Health, 1881-1987 (published in 2018 by University of Alabama Press). Chandler has made over 50 presentations at a variety of venues and teaches history in the Department of History and Political Science.

The Polk Exhibit was originally supposed to be in the downtown Central Library 4th Floor Gallery but was moved due to the East Building being closed for construction of the Monumental Stairs Project replacing broken escalators.