R. Lee Thomas


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Image of men and women sitting and standing in a church. On the wall behind them is a quote from Mark 11:17: My house Shall be call of All Nations, The house of Prayer. A painting of The Good Shepherd is below the quote. 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 Americans -- Southern States -- Religious life -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works; Religious gatherings -- Southern States -- Methodists -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works