Jan Roddy collection of Civil Rights in Carbondale, Illinois, 1964-1989 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
This collection consists of photographs and notes documenting the civil rights movement in Carbondale, Illinois. It was created by the students enrolled in the Spring 1989 Photographic History course taught by Jan Roddy. The class, which is the second part of a two semester requirement for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography, collected photographs from local residents and by searching through various university and local archives. The intent was to create a photographic archive that was as free from the historian's personal bias as possible.
The collection includes photographs of Attucks High School and faculty, Lenus Turley, the Urban Renewal Project, Model Cities, which provided better housing for the black community, the shootout at the Black Panther house in Carbondale, and multiple community programs. It also has photographs of rallies for the students of Kent State, protests against the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., an effort to save the Black American Studies program, and the March to Cairo. Aside from photographs, the students also compiled notes, newspaper clippings, and reports to provide some background on the civil rights movement in Carbondale.