Scurlock Photographers of Washington DC were National Treasures -Interview with Annie King Phillips

By Lonnie Dawkins

Annie King Phillips reflects on her memories of classmate George Scurlock, son of photographer Addison Scurlock.  The Scurlocks captured Washington, DC in pictures during the early part of the 20th Century.

Ms. Phillips, a renown collage artist talked about photography and the Scurlock family.  Addison Scurlock and J.P. Ball are my favorite photographers and it was wonderful to hear first hand about Surlock’s work from someone who lived during that period.  Ms. Phillips is now 93 years old and lives in Illinois.

Collage Artist Annie King Phillips

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At 90 years old, you saw a lot before most of us were even born.

Today a lot of focus is on youth.  While that is fine there is something special about having enjoyed a long life.  In this case a life of 90 years.  Youth can learn from those crowned with age. 90th birthday cake

Afterwards

91 years old - a major life achievement

Jean Harper

90 years old

Alexander Davis

We celebrated my father-in-law’s 90th birthday over the weekend and my aunt’s 90th last year.  Both are in relatively good health and are still enjoying life.  My father-in-law still drives occasionally and my aunt still makes it to all family events. Continue reading

Photos: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial -The Memorial and the People

This photographic essay is about the  Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial and the people who visit it.  The memorial stands out to me because of the peaceful spirit there.  The design of the memorial allows people to get very close to the spirit of Dr. King.   Visitors are invited to touch the roughness of the Mountain of Despair.  From the main entrance they are encouraged to look  through the opening of the Mountain of Despair towards the Stone of Hope.  I found the Stone of Hope which includes Dr. King’s statue to  not be very tall and to give a sense of Dr. King being right there among the people gazing out at them. Also, Park Rangers give very informative and inspiring talks about the King legacy.   I think that a  visit to this great memorial should be on everyone’s list of things to do.

In these images I have intentionally included the people and tried to show their connection and  reverence for Dr. King.

Have you visited the King National Memorial?  What was your experience?

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Large crowd gathered and posed in front of Stone of Hope at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Statue of Martin Luther King stands above crowd at National Memorial

man and woman looking at Stone of Hope at Martin Luther King Memorial

National Park Police on horses patrol Martin Luther King Memorial

Man in brown suit and hat poses with raised fist at Martin Luther King Memorial

Man stands above the crowd while taking pictures at ML King Memorial in Washington dc

Wide view of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Fraternity posing in front of Stone of Hope at Martin Luther King Memorial

Fraternity gathered in huddle in front of Stone of Hope at King National Memorial

Crowd of people on hill looking at Stone of Hope at MLK Memorial

Martin Luther King Jr.National Memorial - crowd of people standing below stature

couple posing in front of King National Memorial

Martin Luther King Jr.National Memorial - child sitting on parents shoulder

Martin Luther King Jr.National Memorial - people taking pictures of the Stone of Hope