Museum of Public Art

Collective Portraits of Africans in America 1860-1960 

Family Albums at the turn of the century were works of art all by themselves. 

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.

The Kevin Harris Collection
Album Pages
Early Photographs

sixth plate ambrotype

Ambrotype of "free woman of color" circa 1850.

Slavery and Reconstruction

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!

African American Aristocracy
The Itinerant Photographer 
The Snapshot

Mom and Dad

The Photobooth

Aunt Maxine

The Arcade
Vintage photographs from the collection of Kevin Harris
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All images are part of the private collection of Kevin Harris, Director Museum of Public Art.

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