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Living room in the home of a well-to-do Negro

Date April 1941
Location Chicago Illinois United States
Dimensions Image: 7 1/8 x 9 9/16 in. (18.1 x 24.3 cm)
Paper: 8 1/4 x 10 3/16 in. (21 x 25.9 cm)
Print medium Photo-Gelatin silver

Dr. Fall, one of Bronzeville's 300 black doctors, lived in a new house along State Street in an area comprised of recently built stone houses surrounded by lawns and gardens. The segregated neighborhood was restricted to homes costing a minimum of $5,000. Noted Rosskam: "It is the pride of the whole of Negro Chicago and is shown to visitors as proof that 'Negroes do not depreciate property. Interesting is the resentment of the surrounding white settlement. Though its inhabitants live in houses much inferior to those in the restricted part of the 'Negro Island', they fear that the influx of Negroes will lower the value of their own holdings."

Credit line

Museum Purchase, 2003

Feedback Accession No. 37.2003