The Guardsmen started in Brooklyn in 1933 by several young men, most of them graduates of Howard University, Lincoln University and Morgan State College. Their objective was to form a club of men with like desires, to foster social programs that would include their wives and girl friends. The Washington Chapter was organized in 1933 and was inducted into the National Association in 1938 by the National President from the Brooklyn Chapter. [taken from www.theguardsmen.org].
Posed group of men in black or white tie standing in a line in front of a backdrop. On the backdrop is the text, "D.C. Chapter Guardsmen", castles and a knight on a horse. Several musicians with instruments are seated in front of the background. Other men and women stand at the edges of the group. Ink on negative: caption and "Scurlock Photo". "KODAK - SAFETY - FILM 450" edge imprint.
Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History