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Exploring Portraits of African Americans with the Harmon Foundation Collection

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The Harmon Foundation Collection, one of the treasures of the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection, comprises a group of more than forty portraits of prominent African Americans. The portraits were part of an unprecedented attempt in the 1940s and 1950s to counter racist stereotypes and racial prejudice through portraiture.

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Frederick Douglass Patterson

National Portrait Gallery

Helen A. Whiting

National Portrait Gallery

Edith Spurlock Sampson

National Portrait Gallery

Howard Thurman

National Portrait Gallery

Ruth Temple

National Portrait Gallery

Theodore Kenneth Lawless

National Portrait Gallery

Alain Leroy Locke

National Portrait Gallery

Mary Mills

National Portrait Gallery

Claude Barnett

National Portrait Gallery

Marian Anderson

National Portrait Gallery

Elmer Anderson Carter

National Portrait Gallery

Peter Murray

National Portrait Gallery

John A. Kenney

National Portrait Gallery

Aaron Douglas

National Portrait Gallery

Charles Spurgeon Johnson

National Portrait Gallery

Arna Wendell Bontemps

National Portrait Gallery

Lester B. Granger

National Portrait Gallery

Channing Heggie Tobias

National Portrait Gallery

Harry Thacker Burleigh

National Portrait Gallery

William Ayers Campbell

National Portrait Gallery

Hugh Mulzac

National Portrait Gallery

Dr. Anna Arnold Hedgeman

National Portrait Gallery

W. E. B. Du Bois

National Portrait Gallery

Jessie Redmon Fauset

National Portrait Gallery

Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche

National Portrait Gallery

William Henry Hastie

National Portrait Gallery

Marian Anderson

National Portrait Gallery

Richmond Barthe

National Portrait Gallery

Paul Revere Williams

National Portrait Gallery

Monroe Nathan Work

National Portrait Gallery

Jane Mathilda Bolin

National Portrait Gallery

Mordecai Wyatt Johnson

National Portrait Gallery

Joe Louis

National Portrait Gallery

Asa Philip Randolph

National Portrait Gallery

Thurgood Marshall

National Portrait Gallery

Walter Francis White

National Portrait Gallery

Mary McLeod Bethune

National Portrait Gallery

Charles Hamilton Houston

National Portrait Gallery

Paul Robeson

National Portrait Gallery

Charles Richard Drew

National Portrait Gallery

James Weldon Johnson

National Portrait Gallery

George Washington Carver

National Portrait Gallery