Photo Exhibit: “Composed Portraits: Defining African American Citizenship”

Museum of the Great Plains in Lawton, Oklahoma

Excerpt from the KWSO article:

“A new exhibit at the Museum of the Great Plains is celebrating Black History Month in Lawton-Fort Sill. “Composed Portraits, Defining African-American Citizenship” features photographs from the early 1900s. The museum Curator believes the photos were taken in Lawton and feature Lawtonians of the time. However, the photos are a mystery – no one knows who those in the pictures really are.

About thirty years ago a Lawton couple found some dusty old boxes in their attic. Upon further inspection, they found many glass plate negatives, and research at the courthouse revealed the owner of the negatives to be Ogle H. McCoy – a Lawton photographer. The photographer no longer lives in Lawton, so there’s no way of knowing who the special people honored in the exhibit are.

Many of the photos remain undated and unnamed. But, each picture chosen shows a struggle that has contributed to America’s growth as a nation and honors Black History Month.”

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