Brown Madonna and Child – Photographed by Edward Latimore Allen in 1930….
Thank God for the camera. These pictures of black children throughout the ages in America are fascinating and beautiful. Children are usually not concerned about “posing” or what they look like so the expressions on their faces tend to be more “true” than when adults pose for photos. You can see the soul of the children behind their eyes….
Their eyes reveal a soulful beauty.
Photos are from the mid 1880’s to early 1900’s.
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 Some of the photos now have outdated links, therefore I simply left them off.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….