Creator

R. Lee Thomas

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Circa Date

1946-49

Description

Image of four rows of men sitting and standing in a room. Men in the front are holding a banner. Banner: HOLLY GROVE LODGE #129 F. AND A.H. No date given. 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; Holly Grove Lodge #129 (Masonic order : Memphis, Tenn.) -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works; Freemasons. Holly Grove Lodge #129 (Memphis, Tenn.) -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works; Freemasons. Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Tennessee -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works; African American freemasons -- Tennessee -- Memphis -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works; African American freemasons -- Tennessee -- Memphis -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works; African American fraternal organizations – Tennessee -- Memphis – History – 20th century – Pictorial works; Free and Accepted Masons

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