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Richard Samuel Roberts

Dinah Johnson is a professor of English at the University of South Carolina, and the editor of The Best of the Brownies' Book. She lives in Columbia, South Carolina, with her family.

Richard Samuel Roberts (1880-1936), a self-taught photographer, documented in pictures the rich lives of the African American citizens of Columbia, South Carolina during the 1920s and 1930s.

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This special picture book offers a window into the African American community of Columbia, South Carolina, during the early twentieth century. While the town is specific, the themes and photographs are universal--weddings and funerals, teachers and preachers, sassy cars and baseball teams, and, of course, families of all sizes. More than half a century later, Richard Samuel Roberts's photographs and Dinah Johnson's lyrical text come together to illustrate the pride, joy, and strength of a bustling community.

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