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Photograph by:
Frank Espada, Puerto Rican, 1930 - 2014  Search this
Subject of:
Unidentified Man or Men  Search this
ink on paper
H x W: 24 × 36 in. (61 × 91.4 cm)
inkjet prints
Place depicted:
East New York, New York City, Kings County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Cultural Place:
Puerto Rico, United States, Caribbean, Latin America, North and Central America
1964; printed later
A digital print depicting a black-and-white image of a ministro, or minister, preaching on the streets of New York City. He is standing in front of a brick building, which has an open window with three adults leaning out, listening to the minister. Slightly behind the proper right of the minister is a United States flag. To his proper left is a podium covered in a white lace, crochet-like table runner with books on top.
The minister is wearing a dark-colored matching suit, with a white undershirt, black tie, and a belt. There is a microphone and microphone stand in front of him. With his proper left hand, the minister holds a microphone to his mouth. A watch with a black band is visible on his proper left wrist and a ring on his proper left ring finger. His proper right arm is making an upward gesture, having his hand in motion.
The open window has lace white curtains drawn back. The woman on the left is wearing a dress with white trim, her proper left hand on her chin and her proper right arm extended on the windowsill for support. The woman in the middle has her proper right hand on her chin and mouth with her proper left arm extended on the windowsill. She is rollers in her hair. On the left is a man standing, wearing glasses and a square patterned shirt with his left proper arm on his waist and a ring on his proper left ring finger. Seated below the window still are three young girls with bow ties in their hair.
The print does not have any inscriptions, front or back.
African American  Search this
Christianity  Search this
Communities  Search this
Pentecostal  Search this
Photography  Search this
Preaching  Search this
Religion  Search this
Urban life  Search this
Worship services  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture purchased with funds provided by the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
© Estate of Frank Espada
Permission required for use. Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
The Puerto Rican Diaspora Documentary Project
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture