Photography exhibit to open Thursday at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Tuesday, 14 March 2017

MONTGOMERY - Internationally known photographer Laylah Amatullah Barrayn will visit Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum at 6 p.m. on Thursday to open an exhibit of her work featuring African American women writers.

The exhibit, "Her Word as Witness: Women Writers of the African Diaspora," will be on display in the museum's Exhibit Hall through April 10 and its Community Gallery from April 12-22.

Barrayn will discuss her work during Thursday's opening, which is free and open to the public. The exhibit is free for viewing during the museum's regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The exhibit also serves as the kick off for Troy University's National Endowment for the Arts Big Read events. Presented by Troy University Libraries, the Big Read events are made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest and are organized around the book, "Silver Sparrow," by Tayari Jones.

"Her Word as Witness" features 35 large-scale photographs capturing personal images of some of today's most compelling female authors, including Jones, science fiction writer Tananarive Due, poet and essayist Asha Bandele, former editor-in-chief of "Essence" Susan Taylor and investigative reporter and novelist Jill Nelson, among others.

A documentary photographer based in New York City, Barrayn has been profiled in "The Washington Post," "Exposure the Journal of The Society for Photographic Education," "Black Enterprise," and "The New York Times." She has curated exhibitions at the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Brooklyn Public Library and the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has been published in the Smithsonian-produced anthology, "BLACK: A Celebration of a Culture."

For additional information about Troy University's NEA Big Read activities, contact Alyssa Martin at 334-241-8601 or visit