Wilcox County, Black and White

throughawomaseyeThe book, Through A Woman’s Eye, showcases black-and-white photographs from Alabama’s Black Belt that were taken by the late Edith Morgan, who lived and taught in Camden. After graduating from the Chicago Art Institute, Morgan returned home with her camera, and these photographs provide glimpses into the history and insights into the lives of the people who lived there in the early 1900s.

Marian Perdue Furman, a professional photographer who works in Alabama’s Black Belt, discovered the photos and wrote a preface and introductory essay for the book, which also has a foreword by Jacksonville State history professor Harvey H. “Hardy” Jackson III.

“Over 20 years ago I came upon an old photo album of these photos. They had been photographed, printed and assembled into the album by Edith Morgan over 100 years ago. I knew I had stumbled upon a historical and artistic treasure. With permission I made professional copies of each photo. From that time my hope was to have them printed in book form for all to enjoy and learn from. The photos are rich in historical and artistic value,” Furman told me.

In Through a Woman’s Eye, images from Morgan’s everyday life show the contrasts between the lives of whites and blacks in that region and at that time. It is available from NewSouth Books for $29.95.

*Read Elmore DeMott’s review of Through a Woman’s Eye in the Montgomery Advertiser.


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