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Unusual early portraits of African-Americans

Racial segregation laws were commonplace in the American South of the late 19th century. Photographer Hugh Mangum, who was based in North Carolina, defied the norm by photographing African-American subjects alongside his white clients. Sarah Stacke is curator of a new exhibition of his images at the Museum of Durham History.

(Photo: The striking portrait of an African-American woman, described by Sarah Stacke in the clip. Credit: Hugh Mangum Photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University)

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