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WMC-TV General Manager Lee Meredith

MY TURN: He was a man

WMC-TV General Manager Lee Meredith WMC-TV General Manager Lee Meredith

The legendary photographer Ernest Withers had many admirers. This week, one of his fans described him simply as a great man and a true Memphian.

Withers’ colorful past reveals itself to us mainly in black and white. His thousands of photographs range from the momentous, the struggles of the civil rights era, to the mundane, the every day slices of life that show what it was like to live in the segregated South.

The people who knew Withers said that in spite of his fame and success, he remained humble and approachable. In fact, he was more than approachable. He would approach you, befriending hundreds of Memphians and taking pictures of many of them.

If you would like to see some of Ernest Withers’ photos, you might consider a visit to the Brooks Museum of Art. The museum has a collection of some of his greatest photographs. The people at the Brooks say they are arranging a memorial exhibit of 15 to 20 photographs that will be on display for the next month.

That’s my turn. Now it’s your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, email or call 800-465-1210.

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