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In addition to the video archives, the walls of the Civil Rights Institute are lined with still photographs of the Albany movement. Many of them were taken by renowned photographer Danny Lyon. 

In 1961, Lyon was a University of Chicago history student, who became a photographer for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.

Lyon became so entrenched in the Movement, he ended up rooming with Civil Rights icon John Lewis in Atlanta.

"The movement was infectious," Lyon said. "You saw people being more courageous than you, so you really enjoyed the excitement and wanted to be a part of it. I can't think of a better place for them to be hanging. It's very gratifying to have them here."

Lyon's photographs are displayed in the Smithsonian, as well. They are also in his first book, The Movement, published in 1964.

 

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