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Harlem Renaissance

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James VanDerZee's portrait "Wedding Day, Harlem, 1926."

Courtesy of the Library of Congress

The photographer James VanDerZee spent the 1920s and 1930s documenting the people and streets of Harlem. In 1917 VanDerZee and his companion Gaynella Greenlee opened a photography studio on 135th St. in Harlem and over the next decades took innumerable portraits of the people of the Renaissance including Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Countée Cullen, Jack Johnson, Adam Clayton Powell Jr., as well as Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association parades.

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