I received an overwhelming response to the blog post Black Victoriana, so I decided to post more photos of African Americans from way back when. My main reason for posting these photos is because I desire for people to see African Americans from 19th and early to middle 20th century in a different light. We are not a group of people who mostly grew up in ghettos, turned to drugs and did not care about educating ourselves. The reality is quite the opposite. Education has been extremely important to us, so we paved the way to start our own Universities. We did what had to be done in order to move forward from slavery and lead productive lives. We were law abiding citizens even though the law, for the most part, did not respect us. We were well dressed and well coiffed in the elegant styles of the times. Where possible, I will link to photo source, but some of them I had for so long that I cannot recall where I found them. Some of the photos now have outdated links, therefore I simply left them off. If you see a photo here on my blog, and you are the original source please do not get angry. Simply let me know and I will be happy to credit you.
Unknown woman in stripped dress.
1870 tintype of an unidentified woman.
Woman identified as Rhoda Ray. Photo taken in 1897.
African American men. George Washington Carver is seated front and center.
Above photo – Yale Law School, class of 1921 (left to right): J. Alston Atkins, Charles A. Chandler, Mifflin Gibbs, and Leroy Pierce.
Two women arriving at a convention of former slaves held in Washington DC in 1916.
Unidentified black Victorian lady in the 1880’s.
The Brown family at Coney Island on August 28, 1911.
Fisk University students.
Unidentified children playing golf.
Legendary entertainer, Cab Calloway.
Two African American men on the golf course.
A family relaxing outdoors.
Females on the golf course.
The Town council, Boley, Oklahoma, ca. 1907–1910
Shady Rest, A negro country club. Golf was a segregated sport in the United State up until 1961. Therefore, in 1921 a group of black investors purchased an old country club and renamed it Shady Rest. It was the nations first African American golf and country club. Originally it was the Ephraim Tucker farmhouse built in the middle 1700’s.
Toby James and his daughters, Myrtha, Edna and Maurenee.
Howard University was featured in Life Magazine in 1946.
In 1948, Miss Thelma Porter was “Miss Subway”.
A fashionable African American woman.
An unidentified girl. Photo taken in 1930. I love her playful facial expression.
I hope that you enjoyed these photos. They can also be found on my Pinterest page. Click on Africans and the Victorian period where you will find them along with other photos that I found there.