Located at 333 Beale Street, in Dr. Ernest C. Withers' last working studio and in the building named in his honor in 1995, the Withers Collection Museum and Gallery provides 7,000 square feet of authentic African American History.
The Withers Collection opened its doors to the public in February 2011, inviting everyone to see Dr. Ernest C. Withers' sixty years of accomplishments. With approximately 1.8 million images in the archive, you can imagine what a labor of love it took to sort, preserve, and print images selected for display, and that labor of love continues.
The images on display range from key events from the Civil Rights Movement to iconic blues and jazz performers. Martin Luther King, Jr., B.B. King, "The King of Rock and Roll," and "The Queen of Soul," are all on display, captured in their elements, in beautiful black and white photographs.
We are a non-profit organization whose mission is to PRESERVE the works of Dr. Ernest C. Withers and EDUCATE the public about the history we treasure.