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This woman is one of the last faces of slavery. In the 1920s and 1930s, an interest in slave narratives was rekindled, and as part of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Work Progress Administration, more than 2,000 first-person accounts of slavery were collected, as well as 500 black and white photographs. Most were in their 80s and 90s.

Georgia O'Keefe by alfred stieglitz

archives & mythologie des lucioles: alfred stieglitz

MA RAINEY (1886 – 1939) was one of the earliest known American professional blues singers and one of the first generation of such singers to record. She was billed as The Mother of the Blues. Ma Rainey was known for her very powerful vocal abilities, energetic disposition, majestic phrasing, and a ‘moaning’ style of singing similar to folk tradition.

Ma Rainey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Slavery in the United States - Children who were born to slaves began working as soon as they were able.


A Black Civil War Soldier (c. 1860)

Soul Soldiers - Vietnam

Buffalo Soldier Art Prints, Gifts and Collectibles

Two gentlemen from Havana

African American family in the Old West. It certainly wasn't easy for them to get there, as recorded in one family's account: "Being Black, Mr. Boyer and Mr. Keyes could not travel by stagecoach or rail, nor could they get secure passage on a wagon train. Undeterred, they set out on foot, and walked the entire distance from Pellum (nowadays known as “Pelham”), Georgia to Roswell, New Mexico – a distance of 1,200 miles."

Hillary Clinton in the 1960s

OnThisDay & Facts (@NotableHistory)

"Slaves, J.J. Stanton Plantation, South Carolina," 1862

Masters of Photography: Timothy O'Sullivan


forest whitaker | annie leibovitz

The Dent Sisters. Gorgeous girls!

Mother and Children by Black History Album, via Flickr

Aretha Franklin

Laura Palmer walks with me (misterand: Aretha Franklin)

A girl stands in front of her hogan on the Painted Desert in Arizona, 1929. Photo by Clifton R. Adams, National Geographic.

Vanessa Williams -1984

Josephine Baker was born Freda Josephine McDonald on June 3, 1906 in St. Louis, Missouri. Living in the slums of St. Louis. Starting from the age of eight Josephine was put to work cleaning houses. Josephine’s street corner dancing attracted attention and at age 15 she was recruited for the St. Louis Chorus Vaudeville Show. During the Harlem Renaissance, Josephine found her way to New York City where she performed in various venues.

Mississippi Delta, on Mississippi Highway No. 1 between Greenville and Clarksdale. Negro laborer's family being moved from Arkansas to Mississippi by white tenant. June 1938

Lucille Ball in the 1930s

Radmilla Cody- The first Miss Navajo of partial African-American descent, now a singer, model, and anti-domestic violence advocate #navajo #nativeamerican #blackindians



Josephine Baker at age 16, in 1923, when this photo was made of Baker, she was performing in Shuffle Along, the popular musical by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle.

NA Indian warrior - Miami tribe, 1812

Miami Tribe - Mississinewa 1812

Odetta Holmes (12/31/1930 – 12/2/2008; Birmingham, AL,), known as Odetta, was a singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter, and a civil and human rights activist, often referred to as "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement".

Odetta (1930-2008) | The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed