AfriGeneas Military Research Forum
Military Images: Through the Scurlock Lens
Dear Military Researchers:
The main link will take you to the image of a military funeral at Arlington in 1949. No words are necessary. There's sadness and grief in the faces of the mourners.
But it's the proud African American military men in salute that remind us of our centuries-old loyalty and service to this country.
Washington D. C.'s legendary photographer Addison Scurlock and his sons captured the lives of African Americans in all walks of life. I’ve focused on their military collection for your research.
The Smithsonian Institution's presentation "PORTRAITS OF A CITY: The Scurlock Photographic Studio's Legacy of Washington D. C." is an incredible photographic journal of African American life. Its authors write:
"Addison Scurlock and his sons spent much of the twentieth century photographing leaders, luminaries, and local Washingtonians. From the original Scurlock Studio on U Street to the Custom Craft Studio and the Capitol School of Photography, the Scurlocks' imagery was viewed and shared by thousands of people."
The link directly below will take you to its search engine on the left. Enter words such as military, soldier, or war. The results are images of African Americans in the ROTC on the eve of WW II, the Negro USO, handsome young soldiers on their wedding day and a rare photo of the WW I 24th Infantry Regiment.
Make sure to click on the 'Notables" file that is also on the left too. I found a photo of Benjamin O Davis Sr in civilian clothes.
Bless the Smithsonian Institution for its presentation of presentation "PORTRAITS OF A CITY: The Scurlock Photographic Studio's Legacy of Washington D. C.”
K Wyer Lane