More than a dozen photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last year and the events following his death are on display at Manhattan Country School. The images are part of a collection titled “Countdown to Eternity: Photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1960s,” taken by Benedict J. Fernandez.
Most of the images from the collection were donated to museums, including the National Portrait Gallery, and universities. A traveling exhibition, consisting of 80 black-and-white prints has traveled to all major cities in the United States, most countries in Western Europe and 27 countries in Africa. They have been in continuous circulation since 1990. The prints in the MCS collection were gifted to MCS founders Gus and Marty Trowbridge and Manhattan Country School by Fernandez. King’s dream of equality for all children inspired the Trowbridges to open MCS in 1966 as a school where children from a range of racial and socioeconomic backgrounds would learn together.
When you visit Manhattan Country School, please take the opportunity view our collection on display on the first, fourth and fifth floors. The installation is part of the work MCS parents Julie Strong and Jody Perlberger did to display the school’s art collection in our new building earlier this year.