Kansas City, Mo. Williams Photo Studio, 1940. Panoramic photograph, 20 x 8 inches. Light creasing and wear. Studio ink stamp on verso. Very good. Item #2093
Panoramic portrait of the annual convention of the Missionary Baptist Sunday School and Baptist Training Union held at the Walnut Boulevard Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kansas in June of 1940. The photo depicts a group of more than 150 African-American congregants gathered in front of the church, ranging from elders to children, all dressed in their Sunday best. Cars flank either end of the group, and on the right edge two young boys stand in their suits and flat caps, one with his hands in his pockets and the other with his fists planted on his hips, both squinting dubiously at the camera. The Walnut Boulevard Baptist Church is still active today, and it celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2014.