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February 4, 2000 – July 16, 2000
Museum: Arts and Industries Building
Location: South Hall
More than 300 images by 120 leading African American photographers document the black experience from slavery through the Civil Rights Era to the emergence of the present-day African American middle class.
The exhibition is divided into the following three sections: The First Hundred Years, 1840-1940; Art and Black Activism; and Black History Deconstructed. From daguerreotypes by J. P. Ball (b. 1825) to contemporary photographs by Carrie Mae Weems, images include freemen in New Orleans in the antebellum period; field workers, domestics, and abolitionists from the Deep South; and members of the Harlem Renaissance in the years after World War I.
The First Hundred Years spotlights the following photographers: