Pair of Original Photographs of African-American Laborers Employed at a Lumber Company in the Post-Reconstruction South. AFRICAN AMERICANS NORTH CAROLINA.
Pair of Original Photographs of African-American Laborers Employed at a Lumber Company in the Post-Reconstruction South

Pair of Original Photographs of African-American Laborers Employed at a Lumber Company in the Post-Reconstruction South

Two boudoir cabinet cards (5 x 8 inches), both about fine.

These photos by itinerant North Carolina photographer J.J. Burnett (1854-1919) show African-American workers and operations of the Richardson Lumber Company in Whiteville, NC, ca. 1890. Both images include company trains, with one showing a mill or storage yard and the other showing an engine pulling cars loaded with large cut logs. The company was owned by Captain V.V. Richardson, who served in the 18th Regiment of the Confederate Army and after the war became a United States Marshal. By 1890, his mill was primarily cutting cypress lumber and shingles and, according to a local newspaper, employed 50-60 men.

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