Scottsboro Mothers [acetate film photonegative with contact proof print and 2 exhibition-quality enlargements, 1934]
Scurlock, Addison N. 1883-1964
Scurlock, Robert S [Saunders] 1917-1994
Hamilton, Julia West
Negative: Silver gelatin on cellulose acetate film sheet, 8" x 10"
Contact print: Silver gelatin on paper, 8" x 10"
2 prints: In Box 80. Framed print stored separately.
Negative: In freezer storage, box no. 1.
A version of this photograph was printed in the national edition of the Afro American on May 19, 1934 with the caption, "Four of the Alabama mothers who were greeted by Mrs. Julia West Hamilton (center) chairman of the board of directors of the Phyllis Wheatley Y.W.C.A., as they arrived at the D.C. Y where they stayed until arrangements were made to see Marvin H. McIntyre, secretary to President Roosevelt. Left to right, Ruby Bates, white, Mrs. Mayme Williams, Mrs. Viola Montgomery, Mrs. Julia W. Hamilton, Mrs. Janie Patterson and Mrs. Ida Norris. The mothers are seeking the aid of President Roosevelt in an effort to save their sons lives." The image was taken May 13, 1934 at the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA, 901 Rhode Island Ave. N.W., Washington. Bates was an accuser of the "Scottsboro Boys" who recanted, Williams, Montgomery, Patterson and Norris were mothers to five of the accused. Prints probably made by Robert S. Scurlock much later, ca. 1960s-1970s? Caption and reproduction of photograph from the Baltimore Afro American provided by Craig Simpson after Pro Quest search.
Contact print: Single-weight Kodak paper. Marked on verso: "A 183 / 'Scottsboro Case' Mothers / 5. w/ Julia West Hamilton." Also marked with studio rubber stamp (zip code 20009).
Enlarged print: Double-weight, warm-tone paper; studio stamp with zip code on verso. marked: "'Scottsboro' mothers, photographed on a visit to 'Phyliss Wheatley' [sic]--Y.W.C.A. 9th & Rhode Island Av. N.W. / greeted by Mrs. Julia West Hamilton, president of 'Y' / Photo by Addison N. Scurlock"
Enlarged print, framed: Cat. No. 1998.0011.096, approx. 11" x 14".
Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History