Upstairs Gallery

Civil Rights Icons: Past and Present

For Black History Month, the Commonwealth Museum is presenting a unique exhibit honoring heroes in the struggle for Civil Rights. 

Artist Pamela Chatterton-Purdy has created original works in the form of Russian icons.  Her husband, Rev. Dr. David A. Purdy has provided text.  Among those honored are Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, and the Emanuel 9 who lost their lives in a 2015 shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston S.C.

We are grateful to the Purdy's for offering this traveling version of the exhibit. Original three dimensional icons are displayed at the Zion Union Heritage Museum in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

The icons are beautifully represented in the Purdy's 2017 book, available through the Zion Union Heritage Museum.
Rev. Dr. David A. Purdy, Author, Pamela Chatterton-Purdy, Artist, Civil Rights Icons: Past and Present