MLK exhibit at Atlanta Airport

Today is the U.S. holiday marking the birthday of the late civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and travelers passing through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) might want to spend a few minutes with the airport’s art exhibit honoring the slain civil rights leader.


The display is on Concourse E and has been at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport since the mid-1980’s. Included are images of the Montgomery bus boycott and fire hosing of demonstrators, family photos from the King family, and some special artifacts, including:

  • The actual permit from Dr. King’s March on Washington;
  • A rare image of the King family at home having dinner with a picture of Gandhi hanging over the doorway; along with Dr. King’s copy of “The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi,” edited by Pitirim H. Sorokin;
  • The suit that Dr. King wore to his meeting with President Lyndon B. Johnson;
  • One of the robes Dr. King preached in;
  • Dr. King’s wristwatch, glasses and the transistor radio he took to marches and rallies to listen to news; and
  • A photo of President Ronald Reagan with Mrs. King declaring MLK day as a national holiday.

All artifacts and photos are from the King Center, and if you can’t visit the exhibit -Legacy of a Dream…Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – in person at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, you can see a video of it here.

A little bit-o-Paris at John Wayne Airport

A series of photographs by artist Evelyn Morris are on display at the John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana, California.

Morris’ images depict the beauty of flowers in one series and the spirit of Paris – where she was born and raised – in another. The photographs are on display in the departure (upper) level near the security screening areas and on the arrival (lower) level near baggage carousels 1 and 4 through December 15th.

A river runs through O’Hare International Airport

O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is hosting a photo exhibition of large-scale images from the book “A River Through Illinois,” by photographer Daniel Overturf and writer Gary Marx. The hard-to-miss images are in the west corridor of International Terminal 5, beyond security.

Included are several seven-and-eight foot long panoramic river views and portraits of people who hang out and work along the Illinois Waterway: bridge tenders, river captains, sportsmen and others.

(Photos courtesy Daniel Overturf, Gary Marx, and O’Hare International Airport)

“Several of the images depict places most people have never been — three hundred feet below the city into Chicago’s “Deep Tunnel” and into the wheelhouse of a towboat pushing a quarter-mile clutch of barges.”