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Group portrait at unidentified social gathering

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Percival Bryan Collection
Physical description:
1 photographic print gelatin silver 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
Photographic prints
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
Circa 1944
Born in Galena, St. Mary's Parish, Jamaica, Percival Bryan (1906-1996) came to the United States in 1924 as a stowaway in search of adventure and opportunity. He settled in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C., involved himself with various social and civic organizations, and was instrumental in forming the Caribbean American Inter-cultural Organization. He worked as a White House butler under Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), and Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969). Bryan also served as a chauffer for Attorney General Homer S. Cummings (1870-1956) before becoming a cab driver. An autograph collector, Mr. Bryan collected over 100,000 signatures of notable individuals.
Cite as:
Percival Bryan collection, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Rose Dyke
Jamaican Americans
Local number:
ACMA PH2003.7043.012
See more items in:
Percival Bryan collection 1932-1993 bulk 1942-1980
Percival Bryan collection, Series 5: Photographs 1939-1984
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives

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