Photograph by
White, John H., American, born 1945
Subject of
Washington, Ernest J., American, died 1992
Unidentified Man or Men
Unidentified Woman or Women
September 1981
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 9 7/16 × 15 1/4 in. (24 × 38.7 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 11 11/16 × 16 1/2 in. (29.7 × 41.9 cm)
This gelatin silver print depicts a black and white image of a baptism in Lake Michigan in Chicago. At center, a group of worshippers from the Church of God in Harvey, Illinois stand in the shallow water of the lake with waves crashing behind them. Elder Ernest J. Washington stands with his arm raised, facing the shore as waves crash behind him. Next to him, the person to be baptised stands with her head bowed and her arms folded across her chest. There are are three people standing on either side of them and one person standing directly behind them. There are no inscriptions, front or back.
Place collected
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Harvey, Cook County, Illinois, United States
Media Arts-Photography
gelatin silver prints
Religious rituals and ceremonies
The Black Church
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of John H. White/Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photojournalist
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© John H. White
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