Image of men, women and children sitting and standing in four rows in the Church of the First Born of the Living God of Birmingham, Ala. Two men in the front row are holding a banner. Sign: BHAM NOV (?) CHURCH OF THE FIRST BORN OF THE LIVING GOD BISHOP L(?) R DAVIS (?). 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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