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    Mrs. Oscar [Jessie Williams] De Priest [paper photoprint], [June 19?] 1929.
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    Scurlock, Addison N., 1883-1964 (photographer).
    Mrs. Oscar [Jessie Williams] De Priest [paper photoprint], [June 19?] 1929.
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    Medium : 
    Silver gelatin on paper, 10 x 8", unmounted.
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    Bio / His Notes: 
    Jessie De Priest was the wife of Chicago Congressman Oscar De Priest. This standing view was published in the Chicago Daily Defender, Saturday, June 22, 1929 with a caption, and depicts her wearing the costume she wore to a White House tea for Congressional wives at the invitation of Mrs. Herbert Hoover. As Jessie Williams De Priest was one of the first African American women to be entertained by a first lady, the event created a stir, especially among Southerners, the caption for this picture notes. The Daily Defender article, “Interesting News of the Week in Pictures,” states that the reception occurred on Wednesday of that week, which would have been June 19, presumably the same date as the photograph. The Scurlock credit line is included in the caption. (Information provided by Ms. Shelley Stokes-Hammond, June 6, 2003.)
    Studio shot, full-figure. Subject wears hat and light-colored dress with pleated skirt, holds small handbag, while standing beside a studio bench. Ink on verso: "A 180 / Mrs. Oscar De Priest."
    Series 1, Box 1.1.A3.
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    African Americans -- Washington (D.C.)
    Race relations -- Washington (D.C.)
    African American women
    De Priest, Oscar, 1871-1951
    De Priest, Jessie Williams (Mrs. Oscar De Priest)
    Chicago Defender (newspaper)
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    Photographs -- 19th-20th century -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
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    Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center. P.O. Box 37012, MRC 601, Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Call 202-633-3270 for appointment. Fax: 202-786-2453.
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    0618ps0247252pw.tif (AC Scan No.)
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    Archives Center at American History0618.247252Add Copy to MyList

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