Basketball star Manute Bol visited George Eastman House today to tour the “AFRICAS” exhibitions and be photographed in the Museum galleries. The images will be used in publicity efforts for his Sudan Sunrise organization, which hopes to raise $120,000 for a school in Bol’s native Sudanese village, Turalei.
Bol first visited Eastman House in January 2007 when the Museum opened its Darfur/Darfur exhibition, which depicted through photography the genocide crisis in Darfur, which is located in Sudan. Bol has spent the majority of the money he earned playing in the National Basketball League on Sudanese relief work. Bol, at 7-foot-7, was immediately famous as the tallest person in the NBA when he began his 10-year career. He retired from the NBA in 1995.
During his trip to Rochester last year, Bol befriended local photographer Brady Dillsworth, who invited Bol to Rochester today. Dillsworth is a professional photographer who shoots pro sporting events as well as destination weddings. He is a member of the Eastman Young Professionals.
Below are photos from Bol’s visit earlier today at George Eastman House, which was covered by Rochester TV and newspaper press.
Dresden Engle is the Public Relations Manager for George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.