If you're anywhere near Durham, NC, I'd recommend going to the Nasher Museum of Art to see "Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art." (On view through Jan. 8)
The show features over 60 artists, some still living. I left thinking about one of America's great photographers, Gordon Parks. His photographs of the Jim Crow era are some of the best documents made during that time. The image below was one of three featured at the Nasher.
More about the life and work of Gordon Parks at The Gordon Parks Foundation website.