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Harry Shepherd
Portrait Photographer
Had black and white clientele
Toured the country with a collage of African American photog

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Harry Shepherd

Harry Shepherd
The illustrious career of Harry Shepherd (1852 - ?), included his role not only of successful AfricanAmerican portrait photographer based in Minnesota, but also that of being an early activist for civil rights. Clientele included white and black alike, including the Minnesota State Legislature and Booker T. Washington. Shepherd's huge photo collage, called "Our Unsung Heroes," was a pioneering step towards galvanizing a visual sense of African-American history and identity. He toured the nation with it, selling copies and giving lectures on race issues.

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Here is an 8 minute and 20 second brief bio on Mr. Shepherd:
2 years ago.