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Wichita State museum acquires Gordon Parks photos

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- The Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University has acquired 125 photographs by Kansas native Gordon Parks.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1ixNgsW ) that the museum already has an extensive collection of Parks' papers, letters, personal photos and manuscripts.

The acquisition was made possible by a donation from the Gordon Parks Foundation, a $150,000 challenge grant from Barry and Paula Downing and matching funds.

The collection includes several photos of Parks' hometown of Fort Scott, images of Malcolm X and "Harlem Gang Leader," his first photographic essay for Life magazine.

He was born in Fort Scott on Nov. 20, 1912, and died in New York City on March 7, 2006. He was also an activist, musician, writer and film director best known for his photographic essays for Life magazine.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com