This sub-collection within the Eartha M.M. White Collection consists of 156 black and white photographs of southern African American individuals, families, religious congregations, and labor groups, circa 1946-1949, by photographer R. Lee Thomas of Mound Bayou, Mississippi. His imprint contains the caption: Made by R. Lee Thomas, Mound Bayou, Mississippi, The Oldest Negro Town in America.
Mr. Thomas was an African American photographer active in the early twentieth century in the southern United States, whose work provides photographic documentation of southern black social life during that time period. The majority of the photographs depict groups from Birmingham, Alabama, and adjacent areas.
These images are provided for scholarly use only. To learn more about the copyright status of this collection, please see the following Rights Statement.