Picturing Black History

Photographs and stories that changed the world

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Untold stories and rarely seen images of the Black experience

Picture of Bob Marley singing

A Lyrical Revolution

Four photographs capture how music embodies a long tradition of global Black engagement and the goal of justice for all Black people.

A Sharecropper’s Family

Photographer Ben Shahn captures the lives of Black sharecropper families in Little Rock, Arkansas one Sunday in 1935

The Monument to Patience

It was never built. And thus, in our age of toppling monuments, it never came down. But in October 1868, Thomas Nast imagined a monument to racial violence that continues to haunt us.