The Special Collections and Archives Department invite you to the opening of the December exhibition, “Frozen in Time: Selections from the Love-Thornell Collection of Black American Photographs” at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center. The curators of this exhibit will discuss the methods and techniques used to preserve, process and display this collection of treasured antique photography. Reception will begin at 2:00pm in Seminar Room 2.
The exhibit highlights the Love-Thornell Collection of Black American Photographs, donated by Jacqui Love-Thornell and her husband, Kwasi Thornell to AARLCC Special Collections in November 2021. The collection contains an unprecedented array of early photography--over 1300 images documenting Black American life from the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. The public will view and learn about cabinet cards, tintypes, daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, stereotypes, cartes de visite and postcards celebrating African Americans and their families from days gone by.
About the African American Research Library and Cultural Center
The Broward County African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) is located in the Sistrunk community, one of the oldest historically Black communities named for one of Fort Lauderdale’s first Black physicians. Opening to the public on October 26, 2002, AARLCC became the third public library of its kind in the United States dedicated to the study of Black history and culture. The 60,000 square-foot Center serves as a repository of materials related to the local, national, and international voices of the African diaspora with more than 85,000 books, manuscripts, artifacts, framed art, print, photography, audiovisual, and documents held in our Adult Services Section and Special Collections. The Youth Services Section features a special collection of Coretta Scott King Award books and the Ashley Bryan Art Collection from illustrators of African Descent. AARLCC also features a 5,000 sq. ft. museum, a 300-seat state-of-the-art theatre, and a Computer Training Center.
“Man, woman, and boy seated for photograph.” Cabinet card. Love-Thornell Collection of Black American Photographs. African American Research Library and Cultural Center.