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Exhibit spans 150-plus years of African-American history

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“Through the Lens” at NOLA’s Amistad Reseach Center through Sept. 27

An exhibition highlighting the extensive photographic holdings of New Orleans’ Amistad Research Center, one providing a wide-angle view of just over 150 years of African-American history, is to run through Friday, Sept. 27 at the center’s Tulane University home.

The exhibit, “Through the Lens,” will be on view on Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Amistad center is located in Tilton Hall, at 823 St. Charles Avenue, on Tulane’s Uptown campus.

The photos, dating from the 1860s, chronicle the daily life of African-Americans through the years, as well as civil rights struggles. Moreover, the exhibit features photographs of well-known black political, cultural and artistic leaders.

Among the African-American photographers with featured work are Arnold de Mille, Louise Jefferson, Roy Lewis, Arthur Bedou and Florestine Perrault Collins. Their work is exhibited alongside images by Carl Van Vechten and Marion Palfi.

For a list of all exhibited photographs, please see the Amistad Research Center website.

Image: Unidentified woman. Taken at Novelty Studio, Boyles Branch, in New Orleans. circa 1910s-1920s. From the Prosper Flint collection. (Courtesy of the Amistad Research Center.)