Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Russell Lee

 Children of Negroes dressed in Sunday best for ceremonies, memorial services. 
All Saint's Day, New Roads, Louisiana, November 1938
 Mrs. Erasty Emvich in her kitchen. Mrs. Emvich is the wife of a tenant farmer and mother of twelve children, eleven of them living. Near Battle Ground, Indiana, March 1937
 Mrs. Ray Allen and two of her children in their home 
near Black River Falls, Wisconsin, June 1937
 One of Erasty Emvich's sons weaving a rug in farmhouse near Battle Ground, Indiana. Mr. Emvich, tenant farmer and father of twelve children, also weaves in his spare time, March 1937
 Prizewinning stallion bought with Farm Services Administration loan to 
serve cooperative group in Cherokee County, Oklahoma, Summer 1939
 Railroad workers, Port Barre, Louisiana, October 1938
 Some of the residents of the transient camp operated by the state of Michigan at Hagerman Lake. About a hundred men are quartered here, mostly old lumberjacks, miners, and other unemployables. Some of these men stay for just a short time. When men come to camp they are usually undernourished. April-May 1937
Washday at the FSA (Farm Security Administration) 
Camelback Farms, Phoenix, Arizona, February-March 1942


  1. only racists calls someone a should use the word African-american.

    1. Andrea, thank you for your comment.

      I use the original captions for the photos on this site. The purpose of this site is to present historical photos and the historical context for them, which, when African Americans are involved, almost always involves racism. My guess is that during the 1930s and 1940s, "negro" was probably the most polite term for black people that was then in use. I avoid using terms like "colored" and "darky" (and the worse ones) even if they are in the original captions.