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As the nation reflects on the Supreme Court's 1954 ruling against "separate, but equal," this remarkable book of photographs reveals the realities of segregated life for urban blacks in the South. Henry Clay Anderson established Anderson Photo Service in Greenville, Mississippi in 1948. Throughout the 1950s and 60s, ...
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As the nation reflects on the Supreme Court's 1954 ruling against "separate, but equal," this remarkable book of photographs reveals the realities of segregated life for urban blacks in the South. Henry Clay Anderson established Anderson Photo Service in Greenville, Mississippi in 1948. Throughout the 1950s and 60s, he photographed this relatively prosperous black community, recording the daily lives of the men and women who built the schools, churches, and hospitals that served their segregated society. His photographs of subjects ranging from family gatherings to nightclub musicians have strong political overtones.
In his accompanying essay, writer Clifton Taulbert guides us through the photographs, recalling his own memories of Greenville. The book also contains an interview with the late photographer and an essay on the political climate at the time. Together, these materials create a window into a world that has been overlooked in the aftermath of the civil rights movement—a community of prosperous, optimistic black Southerners who considered themselves first-class Americans despite living in a deeply segregated world.
Author Biography: Henry Clay Anderson (1911-1998) studied photography on the G. I. Bill and ran Anderson Photo Service. A lifelong activist for social change, he recorded every aspect of life in Greenville until his death in 1998. Clifton Taulbert is the author of eight books, including Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored. Shawn Wilson, who discovered the trove of Anderson photographs, is creating a documentary film on Greenville, where he was born and raised.
|Meeting Mr. Anderson||2|
|Pictures Made Any Time, Any Place, Any Size||10|
|As If We Were There ... Remembering Greenville||24|
|H. C. Anderson and the Civil Rights Struggle||120|
|"A Fearsome Night"||132|
|Map of Mississippi||137|
|Timeline of Anderson's Life and the Civil Rights Movement||138|
|The Anderson Photo Service Project||142|
|List of illustrations||144|
Posted October 31, 2002
Separate, But Equal brings to light a vibrant black middle class during legal segregation in the heart of Mississippi. So often we hear of only poverty an oppression. This book provides insight to individuals who overcame prejudice and segregation to better themselves. It is a tale of the triumph of the human spirit!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.