Mar 30, 2023 - Sale 2631

Sale 2631 - Lot 148

Price Realized: $ 1,875
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Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
(CIVIL RIGHTS.) Jesse O. Thomas. Negro Participation in the Texas Centennial Exposition. 9 plates. 154 pages. 8vo, publisher's gilt cloth, minimal wear; minimal wear to contents, a bit musty; in illustrated dust jacket, backstrip darkened, moderate wear; bookplate of Associated Negro Press founder Claude A. Barnett on front pastedown. Boston: Christopher Publishing House, [1938]

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A detailed account of the creation of the Hall of Negro Life at the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition, as told by its general manager Jesse Thomas of the National Urban League. It features photographs of several exhibits, including a mural by Aaron Douglas (discussed on pages 25-27 and also featured on the dust jacket). The exhibit was dedicated on 19 June 1936 in commemoration of Juneteenth, and received rave reviews from attendees and the press, to the extent that it substantially improved race relations in Dallas. The appointment of the first Black policemen to the city's force is attributed to the policemen's convention held at the Hall (pages 89-90). Not in Blockson or Afro-Americana.