Image of three rows of men and women standing and sitting in a church. One woman in the front row, second from the left, has a young child on her lap. Two women in the front row are holding a banner. Banner: REV. H.H. BICKERSTAFF 46TH BAPTIST CH B’HAM ALA SEP. 19. 48. Date: 9/19/1948. 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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