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Collection Reference Number GLC05140.02
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to the 1890s 
Title Album of approx. 250 cyanotypes of African-Americans, at Calhoun, Ala.
Date ca. 1896-1903
Author Riley, Richard (fl. 1895-1905)  
Document Type Photograph
Content Description The images derive from the Calhoun Industrial School, founded in 1892 by the Hampton (Va.) Normal and Agricultural Institute. The images were taken by Richard Riley of the Hampton Institute. The Calhoun school was also a social settlement in which blacks and whites lived and worked side-by-side. The school offered classes in agriculture, arithmetic, bible study, carpentry, cooking, English, sewing and even teacher education. Many of the courses were taught by graduates of the Hampton Institute. Most images appear to be circa 1896-1903 (based on when Riley worked at Hampton). The images include some integrated groups of blacks and whites together, sharecroppers, black Civil War veterans and middle class blacks. The Calhoun School was a social experiment in which local plantations were purchased and land distributed to local blacks.
Subjects Education Reform  African American History  Education  Agriculture and Animal Husbandry  Civil War  Military History  Reconstruction  
People Riley, Richard (fl. 1895-1905)  
Place written Calhoun, Alabama
Theme African Americans; Children & Family; Education; Agriculture; Reconstruction
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1860-1945
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
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