Henry Clay Anderson was a professional photographer who chronicled the prosperous African American enclave of Greenville, Mississippi from the late 1940s until the 1970s. Documenting middle-class black Southerners in a segregated world, he brought attention to a much neglected chapter of African American history. Anderson photographed weddings, funerals, sporting events, nightclubs, and other gatherings. This photograph was taken in front of Anderson’s photography studio and captures a young couple on their customized motorcycle wearing leather jackets that express their personal identity.


  • Title: Motorcycle Riders
  • Creator: Henry Clay Anderson
  • Creator Birth Place: Hollandale, Mississippi
  • Date Created: 1960
  • Location: Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
  • Physical Dimensions: 13 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches (34.3 x 26.7 cm)
  • Type: Photograph
  • Publisher: Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
  • Rights: © Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Medium: Gelatin silver print, edition 8/10
  • Art Form: Photography
  • Credit Line: Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Gift of Dr. Kenneth Montague/The Wedge Collection, in honor of the exhibition "Becoming" at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

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