Robert McNeill, born Washington, DC 1917-died Washington, DC 2005 Search this
gelatin silver print
sheet: 8 1/8 x 10 in. (20.6 x 25.4 cm.)
In 1938, twenty-year-old Robert McNeill was hired to take photographs for The Negro in Virginia, one of more than a dozen black-oriented history projects launched by the New Deal Federal Writer’s Project in the late 1930s. With a three-and-a-half week deadline and a small amount of film, McNeill had to choose his shots carefully. It was a challenging assignment through which he sought to dispel myths about slavery and focus attention on the contemporary lives of black Virginians.
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