The photographs of James Perry Walker tap an emotional key, giving witness to a deep faith. You can see those photos in the new exhibit “James Perry Walker: The Preacher and His Congregation” opening Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Flint Institute of Arts.
Growing up in Marshall County, Miss., in the 1950s and ‘60s, Walker witnessed life in an isolated rural community. After graduation, he spent the summer of 1967 working as a teacher at Gatewood Baptist Church, where he attended a revival service by Reverend Cole and experienced a sermon unlike any he had heard before.
Walker moved away shortly afterward, but the memory of that sermon stayed with him. Nearly a decade later, he began a six-year project to produce a photographic essay about Reverend Cole and his congregation.
The photographs will be on display starting Saturday at the FIA, 1120 E. Kearsley St., Flint. The exhibit continues through April 4. Learn more here.
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