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Through the African American Lens:

Selections from the Permanent Collection

Photographer Zack Brown shooting dapper men in Harlem, c. 1937 by Eliot Elifoson,
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photographer Zack Brown shooting dapper men in Harlem, c. 1937 by Eliot Elisofon, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, © Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Opened May 8, 2015 at the National Museum of American History

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Through the African American Lens: Selections from the Permanent Collection serves as a view into the dynamic history of Americans of African descent. The exhibition showcases the personal and intimate narratives of various families, organizations and individuals spanning the Revolutionary era to the present. It also offers an overall introduction to the new museum and a preview of its rich collection.

 

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    Photographer unknown, Pullman porter James Bryant, date unknown
    Gift of Jackie Bryant Smith

    Stephen Shames, People’s Free Food Program, 1972 ©Stephen Shames

    Dennis McDonald, Carl Lewis, 1979, Gift of Carl Lewis Estate ©Dennis McDonald, 1984

    Jan Yoors, Untitled (Wedding Day), ca. 1962-1963
    Courtesy of Yoors Family and L. Parker Stephenson Gallery ©2010 Jan Yoors Eliot Elisofon, Photographer

    Zack Brown shooting dapper men in Harlem, New York, 1937
    ©Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

    George Thompson Garrison’s military books, ca. 1860
    Gifts of the Garrison Family in memory of George Thompson Garrison

    Photographer unknown, Normal H. Dennis and Harriette Payne Dennis’s engagement photograph Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 1926
    Courtesy of the Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust

    James Edward Brown, Unidentified soldiers, ca. 1967-1969
    Gift of James E. Brown

    Hammond B-3 organ owned by James Brown, 1968

    Charles Stewart, Cast and crew members for the movie Super Fly, 1972
    Gift of Mel Watkins ©Charles Stewart

    Richard Ansdell, Hunted Slaves, 1862

    Dress designed by Ann Lowe, 1966-1967
    Gift of the Black Fashion Museum founded by Lois K. Alexander-Lane

    Cumberland Landing, Virginia, 1862, Library of Congress

    Robert Galbraith, All My Babies: A Midwife’s Own Story 1953
    Gift of Robert Galbraith, photographer ©1987