African American

Down Home Music: 1938

Down Home Music: 1938

Black musicians playing accordion and washboard in front of store, near New Iberia, Louisiana. Photo taken in 1938 by photographer Russell Lee. Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection. LOC original medium: nitrate negative.

WW2 Aircraft Production: 1940s

WW2 Aircraft Production: 1940s

African American women working in airplane factory. OWI description with the photo: "The six plane factories of the Douglas Aircraft Company have been termed an industrial melting pot, since men and women of fifty-eight national origins work side by side in pushing Americas's plane output. S. O.

Polished Projectile: 1940s

Polished Projectile: 1940s

African American with artillery shell. Untitled World War Two Army Signal Corps photo taken between 1940 and 1946. Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph. LOC original medium: film negative.

Slum Kitchen: 1935

Slum Kitchen: 1935

African American slum kitchen, Washington, D.C. Great Depression era photo taken in 1935 by photographer Carl Mydans for the U.S. Resettlement Administration. FSA / OWI Collection. LOC original medium: glass negative.

Proper Young Ladies: 1890s

Proper Young Ladies: 1890s

Young ladies of the Junior normal class of Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee. Fisk University is a historically black university founded in 1866. Photo taken between 1890 and 1906. LOC original medium: photographic print.

Color Barrier Broken: 1943

Color Barrier Broken: 1943

From LOC photo caption card probably written by photographer Roger Smith in 1943: "Negro Marines prepare for action. Breaking a tradition of 167 years, the U.S. Marine Corps started enlisting Negroes on June 1, 1942.

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