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Baltimore-based photographer Robert Houston, 83, reveals the human condition in his photographs of Resurrection City, the encampment protesters constructed in 1968 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Organized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference — and led by Ralph Abernathy after Dr. King’s assassination — the Poor People’s Campaign, as it was known, brought 3,000 people from all over the country to a slice of land that would soon be drenched by rain and filled with wooden shanties.

Explore the plight of those pictured though the photographs of Houston curated by Baltimore photographer Devin Allen, a
2017 Gordon Parks Foundation Fellow.

This exhibition is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council.

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