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[Dollie Pinkston]

Date ca. 1900
Location Galveston Texas United States
Dimensions Image: 3 3/4 x 2 11/16 in. (9.5 x 6.8 cm)
Paper: 3 7/8 x 2 3/4 in. (9.8 x 7 cm)
Mount: 6 1/16 x 4 5/16 in. (15.4 x 11 cm)
Print medium Photo-Gelatin silver-Cabinet card

Lucius Harper was an African American photographer who operated a successful studio in Galveston, Texas. Dollie Pinkston was born in Texas in 1888, and around the time that this photograph was taken, her family lived in Tyler, approximately 300 miles from Galveston. The trip to Galveston would have been a significant undertaking, and was most likely completed before 1900, when a hurricane struck the city, killing more than 8,000 people and destroying a third of the city's property, including much of the black business district. Harper apparently survived the storm and continued to operate in Galveston until 1902. He was located in Houston from 1905 to 1907, and in Dallas at least in 1910, before returning to Galveston by 1920.

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Gift of Daniel Cowin, 1990

Feedback Accession No. 376.1990