Gordon Parks' Never-Before-Seen Photos Of 1950s Segregation

January 17, 2015 1:51 AM

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Gordon Parks' Never-Before-Seen Photos Of 1950s Segregation

Gordon Parks was only a teenager when he left his hometown of Fort Scott, Kansas. The youngest of 15, Parks chose to make a living for himself after his mother passed away, and wound up becoming the first African American photographer for Life Magazine.

Only two years after his first Life assignment, Parks returned home for a photo essay on segregated education. Journeying to Fort Scott and other Midwestern cities nearby, Parks photographed his childhood classmates, capturing their faces, families and homes while recording details about their occup...

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