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About the Prints

With the exception of "Convention of Former Slaves" (1916) and "Harriet Tubman" (1911), these prints are part of a collection of more than three-hundred photos comprising the "American Negro Exhibit" that W.E.B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, and other black leaders commissioned to show at the 1900 Paris Exposition. Du Bois received a gold medal from the Paris Exposition judges as a compiler of the materials. I have removed most of the scratches, discolorations and damage to enhance the images and will add newly restored photos as I complete them.

Du Bois and his peers intended the photos to visually demonstrate the achievement and diversity in African-American society, depicting black men and women as students, athletes and business owners with strong family and community ties. I am so excited about these prints and believe they should be seen by every man, woman and child in America. They serve as a reminder of the determination of our forefathers to reject the notion of their inferiority, not allowing themselves to be defined by prejudice or limited by their former status as slaves. My hope is that they will encourage black Americans today to do the same.

For additional information:
Smith, Shawn Michelle. Photography on the Color Line. Durham: Duke University Press, 2004. Lewis, David Levering and Deborah Willis. A Small Nation of People: W. E. B. Du Bois and African American Portraits of Progress. New York: HarperCollins, 2003.

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Harriet Tubman



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Young Gentleman

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Young Gentleman II

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Female Students at
Atlanta University



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Female Students at
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Football Players at
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Summit Band



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Fisk University Men on Steps



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Howard University Men



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Baseball Players at
Morris Brown University



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Fisk University Student Body



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Convention of Former Slaves



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Young Reader



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Little Princess

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