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    Lynchburg Museum Announces Rare Photograph Collection of African American Life in Lynchburg Available Online

    The James Thomas Smith Collection of approximately 1,200 negatives and photographs can be viewed online at the Lynchburg Museum’s photo site, www.lynchburgphotos.org.  The images depict life in Lynchburg’s African American community from the 1940s through the 1960s. The collection contains images of weddings, graduations, civic groups, funerals, celebrations, churches, and businesses. Many of the images are portraits taken in homes. Approximately two-thirds of the collection is identified with a person's name, location, date or event. 
     
    “This is wonderful collection depicting mid-20th century life in Lynchburg’s African American community,” remarked Lynchburg Museum Curator Laura Wilson. “It is also a rare collection given the quantity of images and the number that have identifying information.”
     
    The images were taken by James Thomas Smith who worked as a railroad mail clerk and later as foreman for the postal transportation service. According to his granddaughter, photography was his hobby. His wife Lilian was a teacher at R.S. Payne School and they lived on Jackson Street near Fifth Street.   The collection was donated by his grandchildren Pamela Smith-Johnson and David A. Smith.
     
    For more information, call (434) 455-6226, or visit www.lynchburgmuseum.org, www.pointofhonor.org, the Museum’s Facebook page, Twitter @LburgMuse, or Instagram @LburgMuse.