John Dugdale Cornwall Peonies albumen silver print on paper 15 15/16 in x 13 1/2 in (40.48 cm x 34.29 cm);16 in x 13 7/16 in x 1 3/8 in (40.64 cm x 34.13 cm x 3.49 cm) Museum Purchase made possible by the Harry Denham Trust
Danny Lyon Clifford Vaughs, another SNCC photographer, is arrested by the National Guard gelatin silver print on paper 11 in x 14 in (27.94 cm x 35.56 cm);8 ¾ in x 12 ⅞ in (22.23 cm x 32.7 cm) Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
Artist Unknown Three Women and One Man photograph | paper Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis TC2004.7
Juneteenth, the annual celebration of emancipation from slavery in the United States, commemorates the events of June 19, 1865, when a Union general read federal orders in Galveston, Texas freeing all previously enslaved people. These images, believed to be taken shortly after that time, show ways in which African Americans pushed back against the propaganda and violence of chattel slavery. With the development of the camera, African Americans began to open their own photography studios, using the camera to shape their identity in the Reconstruction (post-emancipation) era. The photos worked to combat the pseudo-scientific ideology that sought to perpetuate and justify violence against the African American community. Reflection Prompts: - How does the democratization and wide availability of photography continue to shape American resistance movements? - How can photos like these and others from the time help us honor the African American individuals who fought for the freedom and humanity of their people?