JSU to preserve historic, legacy photos with Getty Images grant


JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Jackson State University is one of four historically black colleges and universities to receive a grant to help preserve the schools’ impact and contributions nationally.

“Jackson State University is honored to receive the first Photo Digitization Grant from Getty Images, which will provide critical resources needed to help us create a digital archive of thousands of photographs in our collection,” said Thomas K. Hudson, JD, president of Jackson State University.

University officials said funding from the Getty Images Photo Archives Grant will help digitize 50,000 photos in the Jackson State Archives, including stories about education, literary and performing arts , activism, civil rights, police violence and portraits of female teachers.

“The Getty Images Photo Archive Grants for HBCUs were created to honor HBCUs’ extensive history and contribution to American history,” said Cassandra Illidge, vice president of partnerships at Getty Images. “We are committed to preserving the visual narrative of all cultures and communities to ensure these vital artifacts are accessible to storytellers around the world.”

Illustrations by Tracy Sugarman, the Freedom Summer Photograph Collection and the Gibbs Green Memorial Collection will be among the few photos released in the new digital collection.

The project should start in March and last about a year.

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