Old Photographs of African Americans - Unknow Faces. Identify the history
|Posted on February 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM||comments (1)|
For Black History Month, you may want to research your family history by going through your old photo albums to know who your ancestors were and what they may have looked like.
African American family members who know a great deal about their family genealogy, are true historians. As a AA researcher you will find that resources and documentation for African Americans are scarce due to the history being thrown away or destroyed. To preserve the history, there is information to collect, people to talk to, documents to order, and several avenues to take.
Is an attempt to share those Unknown Family Photographs with others, as well as its visitors photographs, in hopes to identify or reunite the photographs with family members that are featured on OPOAA.com site; since 2002.
We all are accused of not putting the names and dates on the backs of our photographs, making it impossible to know who the subjects were, and when and where the photographs were taken, for future references.
At OPOAA you will find photographs submitted that may have come from an old photo albums, or have been found in attic boxes, under coffee tables, or in a family trunk. What ever the source, there are photographs with faces that no one can recognize.
Make aware that sharing and talking about the history of those Old Family Photographs with our children and family members are important, so they may pass them on to their next generations, and family historians to preserve the history.
Many old photos of unknown Akron, Ohio residents can be viewed on, Old Photographs of African Americans-Unknown Faces.
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|Posted on July 13, 2011 at 1:47 PM||comments (2)|
SUBMITTED BY: Alexander Graham
P. B. S. Pinchback
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• P. B. S. Pinchback
The first African-American governor was from LA. shortly after the civil war.
|Posted on July 13, 2011 at 1:44 PM||comments (4)|
This photographs below were taken in 1928, and came from the collection of Charlotte Riley Steel. The Wesly Temple A.M.E. Zion Church and its Congreation was once one of the Largest Black Chuches in Akron, Ohio and now the Oldest Black church thats still in existance today.
The photograph had to be taken in several shots to view on this site, because it was to large to scan. It was originally taken in Panaramic view in 1928 by the photographer-UNKNOWN
|Posted on July 13, 2011 at 1:42 PM||comments (0)|
George Washington Carver State Park
Submitted by: Charles Atkinson, George Washinton Carver State Park was the First Negro State Park in Georgia, and that, January 5,is George Washington Carver Recognition Day. *This information is derived from the website of The Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, written by Billy Townsend, State of Georgia Chief Historian (ret). Although Georgia has the oldest public recreation area in the nation (Indian Springs deeded to Georgia in 1825), it wasn't until 1950 that Georgia had its first Negro State Park. It is also the only State Park in Georgia to ever be named for an African American.
Update by : C.H. Atkinson- 1/21/08 A DAY AT CARVER PHOTOGRAPHS
In 1950, Atlanta resident and former Tuskegee Airman John Loyd Atkinson Sr. was instrumental in establishing George Washington Carver State Park (1950-1975), the state’s only park ever named for an African American. Carver was a brilliant inventor and chemist who helped the devastated farming community and spurred the South’s peanut industry and was awarded the Roosevelt Medal in 1939 for saving southern agriculture. Atkinson had leased the 345 acres (1.4 km² adjacent to Red Top Mountain Park from the Corps of Engineers with the intention of establishing a private resort for Blacks, like American Beach in Florida. Governor Herman Talmadge helped establish the park and assimilate it into Red Top Mountain State Park, although operated and maintained separately. Atkinson became the park superintendent, the first African-American park manager in the state, serving from 1950 to 1958. James Clarence Benham Sr. , father of the first African American on the Georgia Supreme Court, Justice Robert Benham, became Carver Parks’s second park manager, serving for three years.
|Posted on March 29, 2010 at 10:43 PM||comments (2)|
The Mortician Journal
March / April
OPOAA is featured on this site!
Article written by William White
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This website is a cooperative effort of William A. White and Beal V. Bourne, II, CFSP. We saw the need for a website to address the needs of the African American Deathcare Professionals. We feel that this website can be a resource to associate, communicate, educate and rejuvenate the members of the African American Deathcare Professionals.
As with any endeavour there will be a period of adjustment and learning, but you must crawl before you walk. We hope to be in the future a source for information and source for referral for answers in the African American Deathcare Professionals.
Mr. Bourne has been active in the the Deathcare
Industry as a mortician for over 35 years, serving
both in the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association and the Epsilon Nu Delta Fraternity and is known as "The Official Photographer" for many years. Mr. White has developed and hosted many websites on the Internet and also a photographer and has taken photographs at many events with Mr. Bourne. We feel that the knowledge of the Deathcare Industry, mastery of the website on the Internet, contacts and acquaintances between Mr. Bourne and Mr. White and the lack of fear of failure will keep this project on track. But with all projects the Support of the Community we seek to serve is the most important. This project can only succeed if we receive the Support of the African American Deathcare Professionals. We need you support by providing us with news, articles, events, pictures, weddings, anniversaries, celebrations, deaths and the information you want to be shared with others in the community of Professionals.
We would like to go back to how the old Afro-American Weekly Newspapers used to be. We want to be able to look at ourselves and see what others are doing and we want to keep ourselves aware of new trends in technology. We want this website to the best of best Worlds. We want this to be a website of the people of the African American Deathcare Professional by the people of the African American Deathcare Professionals.
We are depending on you to be a part of our dream.
Mail or e-mail your news, articles, events and pictures to the addresses below.
Thank you for your cooperation in advance and we will be in touch with you on the Internet.
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|Posted on August 14, 2007 at 11:45 PM||comments (2)|
OPOAA, does it again,
Author Eran Reya,
of the book entitled THE DEATH OF BLACK AMERICA, has credited OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS- UNKNOWN FACES, for the use of one of our photographs, (African American Family), which made the cover.
The Death of Black America explores these questions and more in this call to action urging Black Americans to evaluate their condition and change the thought patterns and behaviors that are destroying them.
The Death of Black America acknowledges how both collective ad individual plights are intertwined and investigates the immediate and future consequence of ignoring this reality.
Through relevant and insightful text, the compelling analysis draws on a wealth of historical and statistical data to look at the factors that have led black America to its current state. Thought-provoking and candid, The Death of Black America examines the interplay of racial stereotypes and misplaced identity and considers possible solutions.
About the Author:
The Death of Black America is the Author's first book, He has written short stories and several screenplays, He resides in Virginia
|Posted on November 23, 2006 at 10:15 PM||comments (0)|
We would like to thank FreeWebs for featuring us in its Member Spotlight
Do You Know This Woman?
HER NAME IS CARDIE MAE MARTIN
Submitted by: C.Warren
Areas: AL, AKRON, OH
OPOAA stands for Old Photographs of African Americans. Their goal is to help identify unknown faces in family pictures and connect people with the past. Is your family history here?
|Posted on October 31, 2006 at 12:31 AM||comments (2)|
I am a television/screenwriter/playwright who has specialized in the African American experience. My credentials include the 1985 "Who Said It's Fair" two part episode of "Cagney & Lacey" that was nominated for numerous Beverly Hills NAACP Image Awards for its portrayal of blacks in the entertainment industry. It also won an Emmy for the writing.
My play, "Police Officers' Wives" was produced at the Ventura Court Theatre in 1997 and was nominated for two Beverly Hills NAACP Excellence in Theatre Awards and won one.
My most recent work, "GRANDMOTHER DOLL" an African American "true love" story, is about Elizabeth, an 82 year old woman who is fighting for custody of her great-grandchildren in an attempt to hold her family together. She has a lover, Jake, who is helping her. As the story unfolds the subplot is Elizabeth and Jake's 60 year love story. They met in their twenties and fell in love when he was a musician, yet they both married others, Jake once and Elizabeth three times! The screenplay is listed as a Quarterfinalist Winner in the 2006 Slamdance Screenwriting Competition.
I am in the process of making some kind of announcement, probably a large postcard that I will be sending out to Hollywood, announcing the Slamdance Award in hopes of getting interest in the project from an agent or producer. I know this is Emmy/Oscar worthy material if I can just get the attention of the right people.
I would like permission to use a few pictures from your incredible site on the front of the postcard. It's as if I had seen your pictures beforehand and written the screenplay around them. There's a line in the screenplay where Elizabeth describes her pride as she walks into Church on Jake's arm. "You should see us walking into church. Him in his pin striped suit. MmmmMm! He looks good enough to frost a cake with!" LeNora Massey's photograph, CHURCH, is Jake and Elizabeth as I pictured them when I wrote that line!
There are also numerous pictures submitted that I might like to use. CUTE LITTLE GIRL is exactly how I pictured Elizabeth's 6 year old great granddaughter and BABY AND ME is similar to the title "GRANDMOTHER DOLL." (Elizabeth searches for an African American "Grandmother Doll" to give to her littlest great granddaughter when she realizes she's going to be adopted and they'll never see each other again! She wants to leave the baby with something to remember her by) There are many more pictures that I may be able to use.
As I mentioned, I would be happy if you let me use any one of these pictures for a 5x7 postcard but if you give me permission to use more I will probably make an
8 1/2 X 11 collage. Mainly because I can't make up my mind which ones I like better than the others! They are all so wonderful!
I have attached the Sundance score card of GRANDMOTHER DOLL so you can be sure it is of the highest quality and something you'd like to be associated with! I will definitely thank your site on the postcard for giving permission to use the photographs!
Thank you so much. .
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Submission of the day, sent in by: Dsumler1,
I recall when i was a little girl buying little waxed juices figures some of them came in solider men and other figure they were so good i got a kick out of eating the wax.
Thanks D, I surely do remember, will post it on the Time to Remember page.