Gelatin silver print
Image: 17 x 21.5 cm (6 11/16 x 8 7/16 in.); Matted: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)
The Jane B. Tripp Charitable Lead Annuity Trust 1999.54
© Donna Mussenden VanDerZee
James Van Der Zee photographed the activities of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and caught its founder, Marcus Garvey, in a more casual grouping with a colleague and Prince Kojo Tovalu-Houénou of the Royal Family of Dahomey (located in present-day Benin) during the organization’s 1924 convention. Since the background was distracting, Van Der Zee lightened and blurred it.
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