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Panel Discussion and Book Signing with Richard Samuel Roberts

July 13, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Columbia Museum of Art with USC Press announces celebrating A True Likeness: The Black South of Richard Samuel Roberts 1920-1936 – New Edition, a panel discussion on the extraordinary photography of Columbia’s own Richard Samuel Roberts and the importance of his work in South Carolina’s history, on Saturday, July 13, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A book signing will follow the panel discussion.

Roberts (1880 – 1936) was a self-taught photographer who established a portrait studio on Washington Street in the heart of the Columbia’s Black commercial district. He was one of the few major African American commercial photographers working in the region during the first half of the 20th century. As a result of the more than 3,000 negatives recovered in 1977 from a crawl space under the Roberts home, there is a rich visual chronicle of this vibrant cross section of Columbia residents.

Panelists include Dunn, Johnson, University of South Carolina Associate Professor Bobby Donaldson, and Historic Columbia’s Research and Archives Manager Katharine Allen. Facilitated by CMA Director of Education and Engagement Jackie Adams.

Free with membership or admission. Books for sale at the CMA Shop on day of event.

For more information, visit columbiamuseum.org.


July 13, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Columbia Museum of Art
1515 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201 United States
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