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Jefferson and Leon County Photographic Collection

From the State Archives

  • A collection of over 300 black-and-white images of Black families in Leon and Jefferson counties, taken by Gilbert Richard Ohmes, a white amateur photographer, in the 1960s.
  • Documents the Black experience in rural Northwest Florida, inspired by Ohmes’ interest in the impact of integration on the local Black community, such as the Norton and Hughes families.
  • Includes some photographs, which are adhered to album pages as part of a draft article intended for publication; handwritten notes by Ohmes; and a few drawings and sketches.

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.