A Past That Won't Rest | National Civil Rights Museum

Book & Author Series


Jane Hearn: A Past that Won't REst

November 15, 2018 • 6-8pm • Ford Motor Company Theatre




Jane Hearn (editor) will discuss the book A Past That Won’t Rest: Images of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. This is a photo book containing never before published images by photographer Jim Lucas (1944-1980), focusing on the years of 1964-1968. Jane Hearn was his wife at the time of Lucas’ death, and she has worked to archive, edit, and restore these images for a touring exhibition and website.

A Past That Won't Rest: Images of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi collects never-before-published photographs taken by Jim Lucas (1944-1980), an exceptional documentary photographer. His black and white images, taken during 1964 through 1968, depict events from the civil rights movement including the search for the missing civil rights workers in Neshoba County, the Meredith March Against Fear, Senator Robert F. Kennedy's visit to the Mississippi Delta, and more. The photographs exemplify Lucas's technical skill and reveal the essential truth in his subjects and the circumstances surrounding them.

A Past that Won't RestLucas had a gift for telling a visual story, an instinctive eye for framing his shots, and a keen human sensibility as a photojournalist. A college student in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1964, he was on his way to becoming a professional photojournalist when Freedom Summer exploded. Lucas found himself in the middle of events that would command the attention of the whole world. He cultivated his contacts and honed his craft behind the camera as a stringer for Time and Life magazines as well as the Associated Press. Lucas tragically lost his life in a car accident in 1980, but his photographs have survived and preserve a powerful visual legacy for Mississippi. Over one hundred gorgeously sharp photographs are paired with definitive essays by scholars of the events depicted, thereby adding insight and historical context to the book. Charles L. Overby, a fellow Jacksonian and young journalist at the time, provides a foreword about growing up in that tumultuous era.

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