The Adams Gallery at Suffolk University presents A Memory of Humanity: From Solferino to Guantanamo - 145 Years of Red Cross Photography, a traveling exhibit from the International Red Cross, from Feb. 1 through March 31, 2008.

This powerful exhibit of photography from across the world illustrates how compassion and humanitarian aid can mitigate the horrors of armed conflict. A Memory of Humanity consists of more than 80 photographs from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva and offers a view of international humanitarian law from its beginnings in 1859 to the present.

Among the photographs are images from the devastating 1859 Battle of Solferino, the Spanish-American War, both World Wars, the Holocaust, the Spanish Civil War, the Boer Wars, the civil wars in Sierra Leone and Angola, the Arab-Israeli Conflict and the Biafran Civil War in southern Nigeria.

The Mass Bay Area Chapter of the American Red Cross will present a series of educational forums to provide a global context for the exhibit.

The exhibit will visit five U.S. cities before continuing its worldwide tour in Russia.

The Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay also will exhibit artifacts from Boston-area crises, such as the Great Molasses Flood.

An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31.

A Memory of Humanity: From Solferino to Guantanamo - 145 Years of Red Cross Photography
Feb. 1, 2008 through March 31, 2008
Adams Gallery, Sargent Hall, Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston
Free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.