African American

Former Slave Julia Williams Wadsworth: 1937

Former Slave Julia Williams Wadsworth: 1937

Portrait of former slave Julia Williams Wadsworth taken between 1937 and 1938. From Portraits of African American ex-slaves from the U.S. Works Progress Administration, Federal Writers' Project slave narratives collection. LOC original medium: gelatin silver photographic print.

Cotton Chopping Hoes: 1936

Cotton Chopping Hoes: 1936

African American cotton trader standing in front of Greenhaw Bro's Cotton Buyers entrance. Store front view in Marianna, Arkansas with cotton chopping hoes for sale. Resettlement Administration photo taken in 1936 by photographer Carl Mydans. FSA / OWI Photograph Collection. LOC original medium: 35 mm nitrate negative.

Black Soldiers in WW1: 1917

Black Soldiers in WW1: 1917

African American soldiers in the U.S. Army drilling with rifles during World War One, 1917. Harris & Ewing, photographer. LOC original medium: glass negative.

Industrious in Illinois: 1941

Industrious in Illinois: 1941

African American boys in front of grocery store waiting for jobs carting home groceries of shoppers. Photo taken in Chicago, Illinois in 1941 by photographer Russell Lee. FSA / OWI Photograph Collection. LOC original medium: 35 mm nitrate negative.

Chigago Children Do Their Part in WW2: 1942

Chigago Children Do Their Part in WW2: 1942

Description with photo of African American children, including boy scouts, that bought war bonds: "Chicago schoolchildren buy $263,148.83 in war bonds.

Memorial Day Tribute: 1943

Memorial Day Tribute: 1943

African American women at Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. Description with photo says, "Decorating a soldier's grave in one of the Negro sections on Memorial Day." Apparently even Arlington Cemetery was segregated in the 1940s. FSA / OWI photo by photographer Esther Bubley, 1943. LOC original medium: nitrate negative.

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