R. Lee Thomas


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Image of nine men and women sitting and standing in a row outside of a building. Two women are holding a banner. Banner: MARION ARK. HI. PROF W.C. POTTS PRIN. AUG.20 1946. Date: 8/20/1946. One of 156 black and white photographs by R. Lee Thomas, an African American photographer active in the early twentieth century in the southern United States. Thomas’ work provides photographic documentation of southern black social life, primarily religious and labor groups, circa 1946-1949. The majority of the photographs depict groups from Birmingham, Alabama, and adjacent areas. His imprint contains the caption: Made by R. Lee Thomas, Mound Bayou, Mississippi, The Oldest Negro Town in America.

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Eartha M.M. White Collection; Thomas; R. Lee; (Photographer) -- Photograph collections; African American photographers -- Mississippi -- Mound Bayou -- History -- 20th century – Archives; Photographers; Black -- Mississippi -- Mound Bayou -- History -- 20th century – Archives; Marion Arkansas High School -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works; African American high school students -- Arkansas -- Marion -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works