Education of the Negro: a photographic study by Dr. Horace Mann Bond
On Sunday, I stopped in at Gallery L1 and viewed the first-ever exhibition of Depression-era photographs taken by Dr. Horace Mann Bond, the father of the late Julian Bond, who died this past August. The exhibition is part of the 2015 Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival. The organizers describe the collection this way:
Born in 1904 in Nashville, Dr. Horace Mann Bond was an educator, activist, and scholar. Beginning in the fall of 1929, Dr. Bond participated in a survey of black schools and the achievement of black children in North Carolina, Louisiana, and Alabama. During this time, Bond visited more than 700 urban and rural black schools and administered standardized tests to nearly ten thousand children. The project was sponsored by the Julius Rosenwald Fund. Later, Dr. Bond and his wife, Julia Washington Bond, studied an isolated rural community, Star Creek, Louisiana. The Bonds were directed to observe and report on black schools, social and economic conditions, and race relations in the rural South. These photographs are products of those studies.
I wish I had more of these photographs to show you. I used my phone to capture a favorite of mine, despite the glare from the glass: