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Percival Bryan holding baby during a religious ceremony

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Percival Bryan Collection
McDougall, R photographer
Physical description:
1 photographic print gelatin silver 8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
Photographic prints
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
Circa 1947
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.
Jamaican Americans
Rites and ceremonies
Local number:
ACMA PH2003.7043.235
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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