The Exhibit of American Negroes
WORLD'S FAIR, PARIS 1900
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Portraits of Georgia Blacks

The Georgia Negro exhibit included an album of photographs, taken by an anonymous studio photographer, that portrayed the physiological diversity of Georgia blacks. DuBois's purpose in presenting these photographs was to demonstrate the complexity and variety of American blacks in an attempt to overcome racist stereotypes about their mental and physical characteristics. Unfortunately, none of the subjects of the pictures are identified. They do, however, demonstrate the extraordinary diversity that was to be found among the black population living in Georgia at the beginning of the twentieth century.

In his portraits of Georgia blacks, DuBois included individual portraits mounted two to a page, and front and side portraits of a single individual.

Portraits

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