Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Friday, May 18, 2018

Media contact: Roy L. Williams            
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Birmingham Public Library             
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Central Library’s “Common Bonds: Birmingham Snapshots” exhibit returns May 22

What: “Common Bonds: Birmingham Snapshots, 1900-1950” photo exhibit
Date: May 22 through Aug. 31, 2018 during Central Library operating hours
Where: Central Library, 4th Floor Gallery, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203
About the exhibit: For more information, contact  Jim Baggett at or 205-226-3631. Click here for details:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — One of the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) Archives’ most popular exhibits, “Common Bonds: Birmingham Snapshots, 1900-1950”, will again be on display in the Central Library’s Fourth Floor Gallery, 2100 Park Place downtown.

The exhibit, which has traveled across the globe since debuting at BPL in 2002, will make an encore return to the Fourth Floor Gallery from Tuesday, May 22, through Aug. 31, 2018, during normal Central Library operating hours.  Including almost 300 images from the BPL Archives’ collections and private collections, the exhibit highlights the simple snapshot photos that preserve a moment, tell a story, and record life’s milestones. 

“Snapshots” illustrate the common bonds of people creating their own visual biographies—mothers chronicling their children’s growth, young men and women proudly leaning against automobiles, families playing in snow, friends being goofy. And for Birmingham, a place often remembered for its divisions, snapshots show the common interests, affections, and aspirations of people—black and white, wealthy and not—who shared far more than even they realized.

Originally displayed at BPL in 2002, Common Bonds traveled to Samford University in 2003, the Reykjavik (Iceland) Museum of Photography in 2003-2004, and Vulcan Park and Museum in 2006. 

Common Bonds was funded by a generous grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BPL. The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library experience to our community for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system—with 19 locations and serving the community for over 130 years—is one of the largest library systems in 
the Southeast.
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