Image of the 8 a.m. tailoring class, four rows of men sitting and standing in a room. Two signs held by people in the front row. Sign (left): BOONE HIGGINS TR SCHOOL 3-12-48 MEMPHIS Sign (right): 8A.M. Tailoring. Date: 3/12/1948. 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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