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Untitled (Woman on a Bench), from the project The Negro in Virginia

1930s Robert McNeill Born: Washington, District of Columbia 1917 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 2005 gelatin silver print sheet: 8 1/8 x 10 in. (20.6 x 25.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase © 1938, Robert McNeill 1993.72.8 Not currently on view


Exhibition Label

In 1938, twenty-year-old Robert McNeill was hired to take photographs for The Negro in Virginia, one of more than a dozen black-oriented history projects launched by the New Deal Federal Writer’s Project in the late 1930s. With a three-and-a-half week deadline and a small amount of film, McNeill had to choose his shots carefully. It was a challenging assignment through which he sought to dispel myths about slavery and focus attention on the contemporary lives of black Virginians.


African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012

Keywords

Architecture - detail - porch

Ethnic - African-American

Figure female - elderly

photography - photoprint

paper

gelatin silver

About Robert McNeill

Born: Washington, District of Columbia 1917 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 2005

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