Image of for rows of men sitting and standing in a meeting room. Front row are holding a fabric banner, staffs, and a photograph. Banner: PEACE & UNITY LODGE NO.711 A.F. & A.M. REVISED OCT.31 1944 PRINCE HALL AFFILIATION BRO. JAS. W COLEMAN W.M. BIRMINGHAM ALA. 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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