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Incredible photos from the turn of the 20th century were included in a bold and spectacular Parisian exhibit designed to promote racial equality in the wake of the American Civil War.

The Exhibit of American Negroes, Reconstruction, Post Reconstruction, Post Slavery, African American History, Black History, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN, KINDR'D Magazine, KINDR'D, Willoughby Avenue, WRIIT, Wriit,
Press time: staff work on the latest edition of the Plant newspaper in Richmond, Virginia. A weighting was given to photos showing high achieving black Americans, as the exhibit makers wanted to promote their fellow ‘negroes’ as just as worthy and accomplished as their white peers (Media Drum Images)

He immediately turned to Librarian Daniel Murray and his former university classmate and prominent intellectual activist W.E.B. Du Bois to help curate his much anticipated ‘Exhibit of American Negroes’.

The remarkable photographs included a class of smartly dressed black academics graduating at Howard University, Washington DC, a sisterhood of nuns outside a New Orleans church, and a group of hardworking journalists at the Planet newspaper, Richmond, Virginia.

In addition to photographs and portraits of a cross section of the African-American population, the exhibit included books written and patents held by black creators, and dozens of charts, graphs and drawings outlining the demographics and economic situation of black people in 1900.