Mr. and Mrs. Percival Bryan with friends posing by car
Percival Bryan Collection
McDougall, R photographer
1 photographic print gelatin silver 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
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.
Percival Bryan collection, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Rose Dyke