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This black and white photograph features a class portrait of four rows of thirty-four children posing in front of a brick building with two windows visible. The three children in the very front are seated on their knees and the row of children behind them are seated on wooden chairs. The remainder of the children appear to be standing. The photo is mounted on black paper and a white strip of paper identifying the children is pasted in the bottom center. The children identified are as follows: top row from left, Zurah Jones, (?), Ruth McFarland, (?), Velma Russell, Edith Whitman, Robbie Fail, Lorena Brown, (?), Grace Massey, Hattie Shoemaker, Mary Lack, Annie Mae Horn; second row, Newman McPhereson, Max Joiner, Floyd Montgomery, Clarence Jones, Atkis Stevens, Donnie Fail, Chester Chisolm, Clifton [?] [names of three students obscured]; third row, Annie Ruth Stevens, Emma Crosby, Myrtis Massey, Nezzie Johnson, Miss Dollie Richardson (teacher), Leona Hall, Essie Oats, Mable Boulton; fourth row, Mattie Lee Carr, Lucille Shoemaker, and Thelma Rodgers. The back of this portrait contains a handwritten notation of a name and the year. A paper accompanying the photograph is the continuation of the identification of the students on the front of the photograph.


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Bay Springs; Miss Robbie 1916

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Bay Springs, MS

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photograph: b&w

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Mississippi State University Libraries, Special Collections Department, Manuscripts Division, Lucius Marion Lampton, MD Historical Images Collection, Mississippiana Collection, Bay Springs Sub-Collection



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Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version)

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Class Portrait in Front of a Brick Building