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February 16, 2011
Mr Winters was for some of us the timeline of the Civil Rights movement. His work will go down in history and be around for future children to understand the struggle. He was a amazing man with a ability/gift to capture something that can never be replaced. RIP.
September 15, 2010
January 23, 2010
My name is Bob Dockendorf and I am a high school principal in Minnesota. I will never forget the day that I met Ernest Withers. I am a believer that peoples' paths cross for a reason and still to this day I am very thankful for our paths intersecting in May of 2002. I was in Memphis at a workshop put on by the US Department of Justice. My school had been select to receive a grant to get a School Resource Officer but in order for us to accept this grant I had to attend this workshop. On May 1, 2002 I made my way down to the Civil Rights Musuem in the late afternoon only to find that they were closing up for the day. I begged and pursuaded them to let me in and that was the beginning of my journey. As I was walking through the musuem I saw two men walking slowly and talking about the pictures. Being an inquisitive person I slowed my pace and let them catch up to me. I then asked, "Excuse me but I couldn't help but overhear your conversation and it sounds like you know a lot about these pictures." It was at that time he first spoke saying, "Well, I took these pictures." I froze in my tracks. After I regained my composure I began a conversation with what I would say was one of the most humble and respectful man that I have ever met. He invited me to tag along with him and his guest (this guest was writing a book about Ernest). As we finished the tour he asked if I would like to sit down outsid and visit for awhile. Of course I couldn't turn down this invitation. As we started talking the other man asked if he could take a picture of both of us for his book, in which we agreed. Ernest then pulled out two cigars and offered me one and I accepted. He told me that he had been with the Governor earlier that day and that is where he got those cigars. We sat there for nearly two hours and I was on the edge of my seat hanging on his every word. I could go on and on about this as this experience is burned into my memory as one of the most incredible experiences of my lifetime. I would love to share my pictures with anyone that would like to see them or even get copies to heis family. If anyone would like to hear more about that day I met Ernest please feel free to contact me at Big Lake High School in Minnesota @ 763-262-2547. My cell phone number is 612-219-8756. May God Bless Ernest as he rests in peace. He was truly a great, great man! - Bob Dockendorf
March 26, 2009
mr.withers was always there capturing those precious moments for us all may the lord comfort the family during this difficult time,andmay the thousands and thousands of photos bring a smile to his face rwemembering his greatness,for many years to come.
November 01, 2007
What a legacy Mr. Withers leaves behind! Because of him so many students have wonderful memories of their high school days! The graduation photos, the prom pictures, the homecoming, Mr. Withers was always there capturing those precious moments for us all. May the lord comfort the family during this difficult time, and may the thousands and thousands of photos bring a smile to your face remembering his greatness, for many years to come.
October 28, 2007
I'd like to say to the Withers family, "Although your hearts are heavy, hold your heads up high and rejoice for he is no longer suffering". I know Mr. Withers wouldn't have wanted it any other way.I don't know that many famous people in person. Mr. Withers was a very nice man. I saw him one morning eating breakfast at "John's" on Brooks Rd. I spoke to him briefly and I felt like I had known him all my life. He was a very humble man and he made me welcome to know him. He spoke about old and recent. We found out that we knew a few of the same people ( The owner's of Cozy Corner ) We laugh and talk some more and he was very encouraging to me. Thank you for allowing me time with a famous man. I am so grateful. God bless.
October 24, 2007
To my family
Ernest Withers Sr. was my mother(rosie washington) first cousin, her father Walter Withers. We loved Ernest very much. To all who loved him, let us say he will be missed. He has gone to rest with the Lord and the other Withers who also loved the Lord. God bless you all.
Love from the Miles family.
October 23, 2007
From the Minor family with love from everone. Sheila, Shirley, Betty, and Andrew. The children of Pearline Minor.
October 23, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
October 23, 2007
MAY GOD'S BLESSING BE WITH "MR. E.WITHERS" FAMILY ,YOU WILL BE WITH HIM AGAIN, SO AND VERY SOON WE ALL WILL BE TOGETHER WITH OUR FATHER.....

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