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Photograph Album for the Paris Exposition

Negro Life in Georgia
[Waiters Union]
Negro Life in Georgia
Photographic album, vol. 4, ca. 1900
Prints & Photographs Division
Bequest of Daniel A.P. Murray, ca. 1926 (42.7)
Digital ID# ppmsca-08762

For the Paris Exposition Universelle, W.E.B. Du Bois assembled a unique set of photographic albums for display. It was important that this exhibit, "of American Negroes [be] planned and executed by Negroes, and collected and installed under the direction of. . . [Negroes]," said Du Bois. These four unique volumes are titled Types of American Negroes (volumes 1-3) and Negro Life in Georgia (volume 4). They show various aspects of black life through the images of people, their homes, professional organizations, physical surroundings, schools and churches, as well as institutions of higher learning. The volumes came to the Library of Congress through the bequest of Daniel A.P. Murray.

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