Holocaust Museum Houston

Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement

Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 – Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020


Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement, a selection of the photographer’s own visual memoir of his time in the civil rights movement, captures both brutal encounters and prayerful moments.

A giant of post-War documentary photography and film, Brooklyn, NY native Danny Lyon helped define a mode of photojournalism in which the picture-maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter. A self-taught photographer and a graduate of the University of Chicago, Lyon began his career in the early 1960s as the first staff photographer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a national group of college students who joined together after the first sit-in by four African American college students at a North Carolina lunch counter. From 1963 to 1964, between arrests and police beatings, Lyon traveled the South and Mid-Atlantic regions documenting the Civil Rights Movement.

The experience with SNCC would shape and dictate the course of Mr. Lyon’s career. He has dedicated himself to chronicling social movements, working across mediums, including books, blogs, photography and documentaries. “I am a realist”, he writes, “meaning I believe in the power of the camera, documents and reality.”

This exhibition © Danny Lyon/ Courtesy Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ is organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.

Photo: Demonstrations at an “all-white” swimming pool in Cairo, Illinois, 1962
© Danny Lyon, Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ


  • Tuesday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sunday, noon - 5:00 pm
    The Museum is closed Mondays through August 17, 2020.
  • Members: Free Adults (19+): $19 Sr. Citizens (65+): $15 AARP Members: $15 (with valid ID card) Active-Duty Military: $15 Ages 0-18: Free Holocaust Museum Houston is free to everyone each Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. and on International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan. 27), Yom HaShoah, Memorial Day, D-Day (June 6), and International Human Rights Day (Dec. 10).

Directions & Parking

  • Paid Parking
  • Paid parking is available in the parking lot next to the Museum on the corner of Binz and Caroline St.


Events at Holocaust Museum Houston

Join the Houston Museum District

Join our mailing list for sneak peeks to upcoming events and insider information on the best museum district in the world

I'm interested in memberships