The Desmond-Fish Library opens an exhibit of photographs by Leonard Freed, This is the Day: The March on Washington – August 28, 1963, on Thursday, Oct. 9. The exhibit, free and open to the public during library hours, highlights a seminal point in the civil rights movement, when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech and over 250,000 individuals marched in non-violent protest to change the course of history.

Freed’s work can be found all over the world but he has special ties to Garrison where he lived with his wife, Brigitte and daughter, Elke Susannah. A great library patron, he befriended the staff and often took a respite after his hike from the Garrison train station. A retrospective of his work and a memorial service were held at the library following his death in 2006.

DC March 1963 (2) - Photo by Leonard Freed
DC March 1963 (2) – Photo by Leonard Freed

This exhibit is sponsored and arranged by his wife, Brigitte Freed, in honor of what would have been Leonard Freed’s 85th birthday. “We’re thrilled to have Mr. Freed’s work back at the library,” says Library Director Jen McCreery. “This year’s 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act is the perfect occasion to celebrate his legacy as a champion of human rights. His images of the march speak to the profound impact that individual people can have when working together for a common cause.”

An opening reception is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9. The exhibit runs through Thursday, Nov. 20. A mid-run reception will be held Oct. 23, in celebration of Mr. Freed’s 85th birthday. Profits from exhibit sales will be donated to the library. Visit or call 845-424-3020.

DC March 1963 Photo by Leonard Freed
DC March 1963
Photo by Leonard Freed

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