By Scott Harvey
Commerce – A photography exhibit depicting Black Dallas from 1949-1961 is currently on display at Commerce City Hall through May 13.
The exhibition is entitled "Behold the People," by R. C. Hickman.
Born in Mineola in 1922, Hickman developed an interest in photography during World War II, and he soon earned credentials to become an official army photographer.
After the war's end, he returned to Dallas and began a professional career as a photographer at the Dallas Star Post and completed freelance work for Jet magazine. Hickman also visually documented unequal school conditions for the NAACP, where his work often led him into dangerous conditions during the fight to end segregation.
Hickman continues to reside in Dallas.
The exhibit can be viewed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. at 1119 Alamo St.