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University of South Carolina Archivists Digitizing Century-Old Photos of Black Columbians Found Under Crawl Space

1 Apr 2024 3:46 PM | Anonymous

A hundred years ago, thousands of Black residents visited Washington Street for something modern Columbians take for granted — getting a photo taken. There, they found the studio of Richard Samuel Roberts, whose side-job portraits captured a slice of Black Columbia in the 1920s and ’30s, posed in front of painted backdrops and wearing everything from wedding dresses to work uniforms and sailor costumes.

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