Azalea's founder Jerry Whiting has always been a collector of fine photography and hard-to-find images from America's 20th century civil rights era.
In 2007/2008, the newly-approved Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture - still at the blueprints stage - put out a call for historically significant items to build its collection. Jerry was thrilled at the opportunity, and in addition to donations from his personal collection, gifted three stunning photos from his Azalea collection of Henri Cartier-Bresson work to the NMAAHC.
'Saint Francisville, Louisiana'
'Civil Rights Demonstration, Washington, DC'
And 'Easter Sunday, Harlem'
We are so very proud to be a small part of the NMAAHC. Take a moment to explore it: online, or if you're lucky, in person. It's beautiful, troubling, moving, and a vital piece of our shared American history.