It’s a good photo: Schuyler appears at ease; the children look dressed for church. What’s remarkable about it is that we know who this family is. People of color are rarely identified in photos this old. Even the civil rights pioneer W.E.B. Du Bois, in the extraordinary portraits of African Americans that he took to the 1900 Paris Exposition for the “American Negro” exhibition, did not name the subjects of the photographs.
The Schuyler photo is in a trove of recently discovered portraits taken by William Bullard, a white, itinerant Worcester photographer, between 1897 and 1917. “Rediscovering an American Community of Color: The Photographs of William Bullard,” opens at the Worcester Art Museum on Oct. 14.
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