Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs at the Constitution Center

Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs at the Constitution Center

Hey everyone, this is Ophelia! I have great news… There are exciting new things happening at the National Constitution Center! From October 11 – December 31, 2013 you have a chance to experience the most inclusive exhibition of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever put together, Capture The Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs. These photos have already been seen by millions as they have been on a world-wide tour, now they are right here in Philly at my favorite museum! IT’S YOUR TURN! The special exhibition is included in the cost of regular museum admission so it is covered by the STAMP Pass!

These photographs were typically published on the front of our American newspapers, and now they are here… The photos include U.S Marines raising an American Flag on Iwo Jima, Babe Ruth watching his number being retired at the Yankee Stadium, Jack Ruby’s assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald, a grieving Coretta Scott King consoling her daughter, a joyful family reunion after the release of Vietnam POW Col. Robert L. Stirm, and the indelible image of the 9/11 World Trade Center attack. All of these photographs were photographed by great photographers such as Joe Rosenthal, Nathaniel Fein, Robert H. Jackson, Moneta Sleet Jr., and Slava Veder.

The photo that stuck out to me most was Coretta Scott King consoling her daughter at her husband Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral. This photo captures such a devastating moment in our history. Another reason why it is so significant is because the photographer Moneta Sleet Jr. became the first black photographer awarded the Pulitzer Prize for journalism. Moneta Sleet expresses the extremely unfortunate loss of such a great leader. Martin Luther King Jr. was such an inspirational, brave, intelligent, and persevering black man. He gave many speeches and led many marches in the fight against segregation in the deep south, when Jim Crow laws were in effect. He has definitely made an impact in the world we live in today. To see his wife and young child in that state of grief is very touching, and brings forth strong feelings of sympathy.

I’m glad that this group of journalist and photographers were able to put together such an inspiring exhibit. Each captured moment is important to our history as Americans. Although they are not all positive events that have happened in our country, they each are extremely essential. There are 153 photos in total, and they have been seen by almost 3 million people since the opening exhibit in the year 2000. The show’s recent tour of South Korea drew more than 300,000 visitors, and since then has drawn more and more. Hopefully you will be the next to witness these moments of exultation, courage, and humility, as well as the harsh realities of war, racism, and poverty.

See you there!


READY TO VISIT the National Constitution Center? Check out the Constitution Center profile page for the hours you can use your STAMP pass!

This post was written by Ophelia Murray, a STAMP Teen Council member. Ophelia attends Imhotep Charter High School.