In 1891, the Rev. Daniel J. Jenkins opened the Jenkins Orphanage for African American boys in Charleston, South Carolina. Unable to provide for the growing number of boys under his care, Rev. Jenkins asked members of the Charleston community to donate used musical instruments with the intention of raising money for the orphanage by forming a travelling band. Wearing discarded Citadel uniforms, the band performed a mix of military marches, folk tunes, and ragtime throughout the United States and in Europe. The band played in the inaugural parades of Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. They also appeared at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair and the 1914 Anglo-American Exposition, where they performed for members of the British Royal Family.
A black and white photograph postcard of the Jenkins Orphanage Band of Charleston, South Carolina. The photograph features twenty (20) boys and young men in uniform standing in rows, holding musical instruments including french horns, marching euphoniums, drums, and trombones. All of the band members are looking at the camera. At the bottom of the photograph is printed [JENKINS ORPHAN BAND Charleston S.C.]. At the lower left corner is the mark [Tappin-Elcha/ 438 Lenox Ave. N.Y] in white. The verso of the postcard is printed at the upper edge: [POST CARD/ CORRESPONDENCE [vertical line] ADDRESS ONLY].
A stereograph titled "Bob and His Fiddle" printed and photographed by O. Pierre Havens of Savannah, Georgia. The albumen prints depict a boy identified in the image title as Bob holding a homemade fiddle while seated outside a small log building. He wears a white shirt, dark vest, dark pants, and no shoes. His hat is lying on the ground by his left foot. He looks down at the fiddle held in his left hand and propped on his left shoulder, while holding a bow made from string and a bent stick in his right hand over the strings of the fiddle. The title is blurred and printed in the bottom left corner on the right facing print. The prints are mounted on card stock that is orange on the front and light pink on the reverse. Black text printed on the reverse lists the photographer's name and address.
Martha Olson graduated from Northwestern University with her B.A. in Art in 1969, and within a year, she was working more than 800 miles away as the girls’ physical education teacher at Marion High School in Columbia, Mississippi. It was the first year of integration in Mississippi public schools. During that time, Olson photographed local students, their relatives, and other residents of Marion County, which she later compiled into a series entitled, "Marion County Mississippi: 1970-1971."
A black and white photograph of grammar school children preforming in a choir during a Christmas event. The photograph features a group of young girls in the foreground of the photograph. Most of the girls look towards the right of the photograph, while others look towards the camera or down towards the ground. Additional children can be see standing in the background. Above, on risers, children are partially visible behind music stands. The photograph is mounted to a paper frame. On the back of the photograph are handwritten inscriptions identifying the subject, date, and photographer.