Creator

R. Lee Thomas

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Circa Date

1946-49

Description

Image of two rows of people sitting and standing in a church. Most are wearing choir robes and one is holding an instrument. Banner on railing in front. Banner: REV. E.W. WILLIAMS FIRST:BAP. FAIRFIELD AUG. 15. Year not visible. 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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Keywords

"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; African Americans -- Southern States -- History -- 1877-1964 -- Pictorial works; First Baptist Church (Fairfield, Ala.) -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works; African American Baptists -- Alabama -- Fairfield -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works; Religious gatherings -- Alabama -- Fairfield -- First Baptist Church -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works; African American Baptists -- Alabama -- Fairfield -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works; African Americans -- Alabama -- Fairfield -- Religious life -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works"

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