Thursday, February 22, 2007

Bob Ray Sanders on Calvin Littlejohn

Bob Ray Sanders reminded us of an interesting, neglected piece of local history in his column yesterday.

Bob Ray Sanders wrote a fine remembrance of the late local photographer Calvin Littlejohn, who chronicled African-American life in Fort Worth from the 1930s to the 1990s. Littlejohn, who died in 1993, “captured much of the social, religious, educational and family life of African-Americans in Tarrant County. In addition to his studio portrait work, he had a contract with most of the black schools in town to record their activities, and he was always on hand for celebrity concerts, debutante balls, weddings, church dedications and, of course, funerals.” Check out the column and gallery of Littlejohn’s work on the Startlegram’s Web site. For a more extensive look at Littlejohn’s work, visit his online archive at the University of Texas Center for American History.

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