Collective Portraits of Africans in America 1860-1960
Family album with hand tooled leather and gold leaf.
Family album with celluloid cover and velvet back.
Brass and leather album cover
Elaborately detailed cover in velvet with brass and celluloid inset.
sixth plate ambrotype
Ambrotype of "free woman of color" circa 1850.
Maternal great grandmother and great grandfather born into slavery.
Although this photo was taken in 1896, little had changed in the lives of African Americans in North Carloina 33 years after emancipation.
Mother and son both born slaves. She had 27 children and 7 sets of twins!
Mom and Dad
All images are part of the private collection of Kevin Harris, Director Museum of Public Art.