SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Savannah State University on Saturday unveiled a collection of photographs captured during the state trial of Ahmaud Arbery‘s murder.

The exhibition consists of over 30 photographs taken during a rally of hundreds of Black pastors outside of the Glynn County Courthouse. Along with instructor Jason Miccolo Johnson, mass communications students Kalel Akins, Damien Bryant, Beyoncé Gordon and Alonzo McKinney captured the images on Nov. 18, 2021, in Brunswick.

Savannah State University students outside the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Georgia at the historic Ahmaud Arbery trial and Pastors’ Rally on November 18, 2021. From left: Professor Vicki Brown, Beyoncé Gordon, Calypso Silvey, Myles Jenkins, Danielle Kiser, Jayden Moore, Kiara Morris, Brooklyn Clay, Reanna Haynes, Francisco Arraut, Alonzo McKinney, Eden Turner, Vernon Bell, Kalel X. Akins, Justice Stanley, JaMichael Baldwin, and Damien Bryant. Photo credit: SSU Instructor Jason Miccolo Johnson. (photo provided)

“Being Black, it’s common to probably know somebody who’s been killed because of discrimination and things like that, so it just hits home. You feel happy that you get to experience that but you feel sad because you know what it feels like,” said Akins, a sophomore.

The photographs are on display in Whiting Hall on campus (3219 College St.) featuring Revs. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Martin Luther King III and members of the Arbery family.

Family members came to Savannah for Saturday’s unveiling. They say they’re still struggling with Ahmaud’s death but hope the collection of photos will inspire people to keep inviting for change.

“My son’s life touched a lot of people. And I’m just so overwhelmed,” said Ahmaud’s father, Marcus Arbery. “I walked into this building and I’ve seen all the pictures of the trial and stuff like that. So his life touched a lot of people and it makes the family really happy.”

Arbery’s family and Savannah State faculty say it’s important to keep educating people about past and present racism in the U.S. and hope the exhibit does just that.

In February, a jury found the men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery guilty of federal hate crime charges.