Moneta Sleet, Jr.: A Master Photographer

Owensboro, Kentucky native Moneta J. Sleet, Jr, the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism, was featured in a 1997 retrosoective of his photography at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art. Sleet visited the OMFA shortly before his death in 1996 to arrange for the exhibition and for the gifts of two of his photographs to the museum’s Permanent Collection.

Sleet received the coveted award for his photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s widow, Coretta Scott King, at Dr. King’s funeral. A photographer for Ebony and Jet Magazines, Sleet documented the American Civil Rights Movement and a generation of famous Americans during his 41-year career.