Young Woman with Book.
A number of the photographs feature people with books, a testament to how strongly education was stressed in Lincoln’s African American community. Here, an elegantly attired young woman reads a small book. Johnson composed several photographs in the well-lit shade of this big porch, which may have been at the house of William Cotton, a letter carrier who lived near Johnson and who worked from the Post Office where the photographer was a janitor.
Photographs taken on black and white glass negatives by African American photographer(s) John Johnson and Earl McWilliams from 1910 to 1925 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Douglas Keister has 280 5x7 glass negatives taken by these photographers. Larger scans available on request.