Image of four rows of men and women sitting and standing with a large banner and flags in the background. Banner: American federation of Musicians United States Canada Organized October 19, 1896. On back: stamped Southern Trade News(/) Service 300 Central Ave. St Petersburg, Florida. 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.
Eartha M.M. White Collection; Thomas, R. Lee, (Photographer) -- Photograph collections; African American photographers -- Mississippi -- Mound Bayou -- History -- 20th century – Archives; Photographers, Black -- Mississippi -- Mound Bayou -- History -- 20th century – Archives; American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works; Musicians -- Labor unions -- Florida -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works; African American labor union members -- Florida -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works