R. Lee Thomas


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Image of a small, unidentified group of people standing in front of porch steps. A man stands on the left next a woman in the center and on the right, a woman is holding a young child while a child stands next to her. 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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Eartha M.M. White Collection; Thomas, R. Lee, (Photographer) -- Photograph collections; African American photographers -- Mississippi -- Mound Bayou -- History -- 20th century – Archives; Black -- Mississippi -- Mound Bayou -- History -- 20th century – Archives; African American families -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works