Gordon Parks came home to the prairie in 1984, and a current Beach Museum of Art exhibit is commemorating his visit.

Parks, a Fort Scott native, was a photographer, writer, musician and director. He is most famous for his photo essays in Life magazine and for directing the 1971 movie “Shaft.” Parks took the photos while in Manhattan as an artist-in-residence for The Manhattan Mercury. His photos of life in the area were published in an insert in The Mercury in 1984.

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