The Largest ‘I AM A MAN’ Photo Reenactment to be Held in Memphis on Historic Beale Street

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Withers Collection Museum and Gallery will commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1968 Sanitation Workers with a photo reenactment of the iconic “I AM A MAN” photo from the 1968 Sanitation Workers Strike where the men held signs expressing their dignity.

Line-up for the photo shoot will start at Fourth and Beale which is approximately 20 feet from Withers Collection Museum and Gallery, the last photography studio of the late internationally renowned photojournalist Dr. Ernest C. Withers, Sr. The photo shoot line up will start at 8 a.m. and will merge into Memphis AFSCME Local 1733’s march to Mason Temple Church of God in Christ.

“We could not let this year pass without commemorating it in a very special way for Dr. King and the 1968 Sanitation Workers while honoring my father’s legacy in an epic reenactment photo shoot,” said Withers Collection Museum and Gallery Executive Director Rosalind Withers.

This photo will be an aerial shot overlooking historic Beale Street taken by the granddaughter of Dr. Withers, Mrs. Eboni Bullard. The prestigious photo will be displayed at the Withers Collection Museum and Gallery. The photo will also be displayed at the end of ’68 I AM A MAN, a new feature film executive produced by Southern Tales Entertainment.

“This is going to be a time in history that can be looked back on years from now and you will be able to say ‘I was there,’” said Christopher Gray, president of Southern Tales Entertainment, producer and writer of ’68 IAM A MAN.

Dr. King led many marches seeking equality and justice for African Americans and poor people in 1968, but the Sanitation Workers Strike of 1968 was arguably the most significant. The original 1,300 sanitation workers did not know that when they went on strike and refused to work for low wages in poor working conditions, that they were setting the pace for a Human Rights Movement that would live on to this day. Dr. Withers’ famous “I AM A MAN” photograph of the Memphis sanitation workers’ march told the story. Fifty years later this iconic picture continues to tell the story of the struggle for human rights and civil rights all over the world.

Individuals and groups may register online at to participate in this historic event. To learn more about Withers Collection Museum and Gallery, call 901-523-2344 or visit the website

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About Dr. Ernest C. Withers and’ Withers Collection Museum and Gallery: Located at 333 Beale Street, in the late Dr. Ernest C. Withers’ last photography studio and the building that was named in his honor in 1995, the Withers Collection Museum and Gallery is 7,000 square feet of Memphis History. In February 2011, The Withers Collection opened its doors to the public, inviting everyone to see what Withers had accomplished. In his more than sixty-year career, Withers accumulated a collection of an estimated 1.8 million photographs which includes images of key Civil Rights Movement events, music, politics, sports, and lifestyle and can be seen, captured in their elements, in beautiful black and white photographs at the Withers Collection Museum and Gallery. His works have been featured in touring exhibits and shows around the world. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. currently displays more than 75 of Withers’ images. For his life’s work, Withers was elected to the Black Press Hall of Fame and received an honorary doctorate from the Massachusetts College of Art. The Withers Collection is the largest family-owned photographic collection taken by one individual. Withers Collection Museum and Gallery includes a main gallery, a music gallery, and a special events space in our studio lounge. It is the only authorized source for licensing Ernest C. Withers photographs. To learn more, please visit

Southern Tales Entertainment: Southern Tales Entertainment was founded in 2001 by CEO Christopher Gray with intent to produce content of modern genres with an American touch of the south solely focused on mainstream appeal. Southern Tales Entertainment supports an ecosystem of projects with established and creative talent. Socially conscious projects that promote the betterment of humanity.

For press information, contact Sheri Neely with The Neely Agency at [email protected] or Jazmin Withers of Withers Collection Museum and Gallery at [email protected]

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