I’m working on posting a new Nashville gallery to the website. I’m not quite there yet, but I wanted to give an update anyway. I took the photo above on Fifth Avenue between Church and Union Streets. This Walgreens store, and many other retail outlets on Fifth Avenue at the time, was a site of the sit-ins in 1960 as a result of the Woolworths lunch counter incident. Subsequent to the multiple sit-ins and the resulting violence, then mayor Ben West agreed that lunch counters in Nashville should be desegregated. I have no idea what the point was of the metal silhouettes in the photo. But, although they appeared “white” to me somehow, they seemed oddly representational of the past events.
For some reason the silhouettes have been removed. If someone can provide some insight into their original intent or why they were removed, please leave a comment.