Among any living photographer, the Cecil Williams Historically Significant Image Collection, estimated to be 100,000 - 250,000, is one of the world's largest collections depicting African American heritage, history, culture, and civil rights. The museum will permanently display 350 images; a number exceeding all others civil rights museums.


From the beginning of the second half of the 20th century (1950) through the present, this collection depicts almost every VIP who impacted history in news, politics, entertainment, sports, and social milestones.  Plus, images depicting most unknown individuals left out of history. As a photographer for JET, The Pittsburgh Courier, The Afro American, Associated Press, National Conference of Black Mayors, South Carolina Branches NAACP, South Carolina State University, Claflin University, and others, Cecil Williams has been and currently, a tireless photographer of civil rights activities and the cause of freedom, equality, and justice.

Of particular note are the unique historical perspectives available solely from this source that identify and document the "real" origin of the American Civil Rights Movement, 30 miles from Cecil Williams' home, centering in Clarendon County, South Carolina, where the Briggs V. Elliott case (the catalyst petition first to challenge segregation in public schools in America) became the first that led to Brown V. Board of Education. This position differs from most published information referring to the (December 1, 1955) Montgomery Bus Boycott where Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks come to life. The Clarendon County/Briggs petition began in 1949 making its way through the court ultimately ending in the 1954 Brown V. Board of Education, no doubt, the Supreme Court's decision that inspired great events like that of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the nobility of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa parks.  Read about these and other chronologically correct origins of Civil Rights Movement alternatives in books such as, Simple Justice - Richard Kluger, Towards the Meeting of the Waters - Moore & Burton, Democracy Rising - Peter Lau, and Out-of-the-Box in Dixie by Cecil Williams. 

Also important, is the perspective of Cecil Williams, who as a child of segregation from 9 years old and beyond, photographed images of his native Deep South. Most history and text books contain images, not from the South Carolina battlefront, but the Civil Rights Movement occurring in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. Twice, he was jailed for taking pictures of demonstrators and marchers demanding social change. Almost all images of the the famed Orangeburg Massacre were taken while he was a yearbook photographer for SC State University and Claflin University.

All images purchased are available for hi res downloads. License includes one time use of the digital file or one print. All purchasers including educational institutions may not store images in a permanent file source. Artists may not use images as "reference photographs," unless permission is granted. Multiple reproductions of any image is prohibited. Framed and limited edition photographic prints may also be purchased and customized for clients. 

If an image you are seeking is not visible in the collection, please call Cecil at 803-531-1662 for personalized service. Visit this site often. More images are added daily from this vast negative collection spanning an entire lifetime in photography. Additional rights usage may also be obtained by visiting Gettyimages.com. Previous use in publications or productions does not imply reuse of an image; an image is not automatically grandfathered in. Strict copyright provisions cover all use of images and no reproductions without permission, of any size allowed. All credit cards accepted. 

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–Cecil Williams


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