A Stirring Song, Sung Heroic: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 1619 to 1865 features 80 black and white silver gelatin photographs, taken by William Earle Williams. The history of American slavery is presented across three series of prints. These images document historical places in the New World from the Caribbean to North America where Americans black and white determined the meaning of freedom.
William E. Williams is the Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Fine Arts and Curator of Photography at Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania. His photographs have been widely exhibited including group and solo exhibitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art, George Eastman House, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The National Gallery, Smith College and Center for Documentary Studies- Duke University. His work is represented in many public collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Museum of Fine Arts Houston, National Gallery Washington, DC. Williams has received individual artist fellowships from the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.