Jan 22 2021
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May 23 2021
This is the Original and Only Harry Shepherd

This is the Original and Only Harry Shepherd

Presented by Centennial Park Conservancy and The Parthenon at The Parthenon

The Parthenon, in partnership with the Centennial Park Conservancy, present the exhibition This is the Original and Only Harry Shepherd in the Parthenon’s West Gallery from Friday, January 22 through Sunday, May 23, 2021. This exhibit is the story of pioneering twentieth century African American photographer and activist, Harry Shepherd.

A virtual gallery tour will be held on the Centennial Park Conservancy’s Facebook page on Thursday, February 4 at 6pm.

On Tuesday, October 26, 1897, The Nashville American published a list of “Awards for Excellence of Exhibits” at the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. Among the Decorative Arts winners was a photographer from St. Paul, Minnesota, named Harry Shepherd.

“By the time of this award, Harry Shepherd was nationally noted for his photography and activism,” said Mark Medley, Parthenon Curator. “His profitable St. Paul studio served clientele of all races including the Minnesota State Legislature, educator Booker T. Washington, and Washington’s Tuskegee Institute. In 1899, his seminal photo collage, Our Unsung Heroes, created a visual interpretation of African American history demanding social equality. This work attracted the attention of activist W.E.B. Dubois and others who selected Shepherd to be an official photographer for the landmark American Negro Exhibit at the 1900 Paris International Exposition.”

With its title taken from a slogan printed on his Victorian era cabinet cards, This is the Original and Only Harry Shepherd celebrates Shepherd’s work with enlarged photographic reproductions from the collections of Library of Congress and the Minnesota Historical Society, and video from the Minnesota Public Television documentary, Harry Shepherd: Portrait of Progress.

Source: The Parthenon

Admission Info

$10/Adults
$8/Children 4-17 and Seniors 62+
FREE/Members and Children 3 & Under

Phone: (615) 862-8431

Dates & Times

2021/01/22 - 2021/05/23

  • May 15, 2021 at 09:00 am - 04:30 pm (Sat)
  • May 16, 2021 at 12:25 pm - 04:30 pm (Sun)
  • May 18, 2021 at 09:00 am - 07:00 pm (Tue)
  • May 19, 2021 at 09:00 am - 07:00 pm (Wed)
  • May 20, 2021 at 09:00 am - 07:00 pm (Thu)
  • May 21, 2021 at 09:00 am - 04:30 pm (Fri)
  • May 22, 2021 at 09:00 am - 04:30 pm (Sat)
  • May 23, 2021 at 12:25 pm - 04:30 pm (Sun)

Additional time info:

A virtual gallery tour will be held on the Centennial Park Conservancy’s Facebook page on Thursday, February 4 at 6pm.

Location Info

The Parthenon

2500 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203

Parking Info

Parking Lot

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