R. Lee Thomas


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Image of a young girl with a sign on the left side of photograph. SIGN: MRS. DELOIS MORROW 916 S:16sth SEP.15.48. Date: 9/15/1948. 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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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; African American women -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works