Mississippi’s son, Eric Etheridge, is a renowned journalist and photographer. He was the first editor of the magazine, George, begun by John F. Kennedy, Jr. as well as editor of Rolling Stone magazine.
A graduate of Vanderbilt University, he’s familiar with the South. So in 2006, he looked back into Southern history and explored the controversial topic of the Freedom Riders of the 1961 civil rights movement in a feature in the New York Times.
Finding mug shots of all 328 of those arrested, he met up with many of those who participated to interview and photograph them. Take a look at the New York Times article for a taste of his work. From his research into the history, he then expanded and recently published Breach of Peace, portraits he found and took from the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders.
His portraits are currently on display at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.