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Henry Mathews

Description: Portrait of Henry Mathews, 1866-1941, an early African American resident, holding the tools of his trade in front of a painted backdrop. He was a stone mas...

Two Men with Guitar

Date: 1920
Description: Two men pose for a studio portrait in front of a painted backdrop. James Gorman, standing, has a pipe in his mouth; the seated man holding a guitar is unid...

Tuskegee Institute Machine Shop

Date: 1902
Description: The machine shop at the "Normal School for Negroes" or the Tuskegee Institute in action. The students are diligently working at the machinery in the shop.

Story Time

Date: September 26 1967
Description: Young children listen to a story through earphones as a teacher's aid looks on.

Kids on Roller Skates

Date: June 26 1986
Description: Kids make a "train," with the bicyclist in the front pulling three girls on roller skates along a sidewalk.

Gumball Machine

Date: December 11 1965
Description: Boy inserting coin into a gumball vending machine in anticipation of a sweet treat.

Going to Market

Date: March 18 1912
Description: Group portrait of five Jamaican women on the road to market carrying baskets of goods on their heads.

Food Drive for Thanksgiving

Date: November 18 1965
Description: Elementary school students collect nonperishable food to be distributed by the Salvation Army.

Chess Match

Date: March 09 1989
Description: Calvin Johnson, right, Custer High School chess champion, takes on Paul Henk to defend his title.

Heavy Load

Date: June 24 1988
Description: A caravan of carts full of recyclables is towed by the man who collected them to earn a little extra cash.

Baiting the Hook

Date: July 27 1941
Description: An elderly man looks blissful, sitting in a boat getting ready to cast his line.

Getting Out the School Paper

Date: 1935
Description: African American students work on a school paper as part of the Farm Security Administration sharecropper resettlement project.

Family Night Watching the Tube

Date: September 30 1967
Description: A woman sits with her ten children surrounding her and watches TV.

Child at Candy Case

Date: May 07 1964
Description: Americus Kates, 10, surveys the candy case before making his selections.

A March for King

Date: April 05 1981
Description: 400 people march to a rally where they demand that the birthday of Martin Luther King, (January 15) be declared a national holiday.

Halloween Parade

Date: October 31 1977
Description: Thousands of people from the inner city flocked to a Halloween Party given to help keep children off the street during the holiday.

Woman Making Spoon Bread

Date: April 11 1969
Description: Mrs. Lloyd Knox demonstrating the technique of making spoon bread.


Description: Two women boarding the Slumbercoach car on a B&O Railroad passenger train. A Pullman porter carries two suitcases and a conductor collects tickets.

Girl with Origami Peace Crane

Date: September 20 1989
Description: Melodie Albritton holds up an origami crane she folded at St. Nicholas School.

"Rustic Keyboard"

Date: September 1958
Description: Slightly elevated view of a boy in a baseball cap peeking over a fence. There are several sets of hands curling over the top of the fence on either side of...

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