19 February 2008

Our Criminals (3)

This is a follow-up on these two posts I made last December and on this one from much further back. Thanks to Jörg Colberg for bringing this to my attention. "Staff at the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office discovered arrest logs and photographs from the time of the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-56) and the Freedom Rides (1961). Selected pages from those volumes have been scanned by ADAH (Alabama Department of Archives & History) staff and are available" here. It seems to me to be a genre of portrait worth attending to, in large part as a reminder of how shifting and partial, in short, how political our notions of "criminal" tend to be. The "ordinary" people pictured here, in these 'mug shots', are heroes.

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