Picturing the Promise


Through their camera lens Addison Scurlock and later two of his sons magnificently captured African American culture and life in Washington, DC for decades.  The Scurlock photography studio first opened its doors in 1911 and from then until 1994 it used visual imagery to open the eyes of the world on the burgeoning middle class black society in Washington, particularly near the turn of the 20th century. “The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise,” is an enchanting and educational exhibit of more than 100 photographs and memorabilia from the Scurlock Studio produced by the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The exhibit is currently on display at the National Museum of American History and through November 15, 2009.


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