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Richland College to Exhibit Historical Photographs from Sepia Magazine
Black and white photograph of a matador

Richardo Chibanga in 1967. Photo courtesy of the Sepia Magazine Photographic Archive.

Richland College recently announced the opening of an exhibition featuring 50 historical photographs spanning three decades of the Fort Worth-based magazine Sepia, to run from Feb. 1-29.

The exhibition, a collaboration between Richland College and the African American Museum in Fair Park, will feature the photographs from the out-of-print magazine that include noteworthy figures and editorial images from the Sepia Magazine Photographic Archive, which contains more than 10,000 photographs owned by the African American Museum.

Black and white photo of Aretha Franklin standing in front of a microphone

Aretha Franklin. Photo courtesy of the Sepia Magazine Photographic Archive.

John Spriggins, Richland College gallery director, is curating the exhibit. Spriggins also has previously served as interim curator for the African American Museum.

“This is the first time an exhibition has been created from the archive, solely about the archive,” said Spriggins. “It is also a chance for the two institutions to work together. It’s exciting!”

Headshot of Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor. Photo courtesy of the Sepia Magazine Photographic Archive.

Sepia magazine began in Fort Worth in 1947 as Negro Achievements and highlighted African American success articles. It also featured reader-submitted true confessions stories. In 1951, two years after the death of its black founder, Horace J. Blackwell, Sepia found new leadership in white business mogul George Levithan. With Levithan’s guidance, the magazine became the longest standing competitor to the more successful African American magazine, Ebony.

The Sepia exhibition is free and open to the public. It will be housed in Richland College’s Brazos Gallery, located in Crockett Hall on campus. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Rd.