Photos

 

Black Chicago In The 1970s

John H. White is a photojournalist most famous for his work in and around Chicago. These photos are selections from his "Documerica" project in which White attempted to capture "everyday life in the 1970s.”

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    "Black Soul Singer Isaac Hayes And His Group Perform At The International Amphitheater In Chicago"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "A Black Band Performs At The Lake Meadows Shopping Center In Chicago"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "A Chicago Cubs Batter Awaits A Pitch From A Visiting Oakland A's Player In A Game At Wrigley Field"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "An Oakland A's Pitcher Delivers During A Game With The Home Team Chicago Cubs At Wrigley Field"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "South Side Group Of Black Children In Chicago At A Playground At 40th And Drexel Boulevard"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "A Swimsuit Clad Black Woman Enjoys Her Summer Outing At Chicago's 12th Street Beach On Lake Michigan"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Closeup Of A Black Mother And Child As They Enjoy A Summer Outing On Chicago's 12th Street Beach On Lake Michigan"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Chicago Families Enjoying The Summer Weather At The 12th Street Beach On Lake Michigan"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Black Beauties With Colorful Hair Grace A Float During The Annual Bud Billiken Day Parade"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "A Class Of Black Student Welders With Their Instructor At A Former Grade School In The Heart Of The Cabrini-green Housing Project"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "The Rev. Jesse Jackson Speaks On A Radio Broadcast From The Headquarters Of Operation Push"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Black Sidewalk Salesmen Arranging Their Fresh Fruits And Vegetables On Chicago's South Side"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Heavy Traffic On The Dan Ryan Expressway In Chicago Illinois"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Sunrise On Lake Michigan With Chicago Shown In The Background. The City Has Provided A Climate For Developing Black Resources And Is Considered The Black Business Capital Of The United States"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Black Family Count Their Cash In Their Apartment In South Side Chicago"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Black Youths Play Basketball At Stateway Gardens' Highrise Housing Project On Chicago's South Side"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "A Black Woman, One Of The Nearly 1.2 Million People Of Her Race Who Make Up Over One Third Of Chicago's Population"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Black High School Age Student At The Robert Taylor Homes, A Highrise Apartment Complex On Chicago's South Side"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "A Black Mother And Child, Part Of The 1.2 Million People Of Their Race Who Make Up Over One Third Of Chicago's Population"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Black Bongo Player Performs At The International Amphitheater In Chicago"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Black Saxophonist Performs At The International Amphitheater In Chicago"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Black Singer Performs At The International Amphitheater In Chicago"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Isaac Hayes Dancers Perform At The International Amphitheater In Chicago"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Black Soul Singer Isaac Hayes Performs At The International Amphitheater In Chicago"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Black Soul Singer Johnny Taylor Performs At The International Amphitheater In Chicago"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "A Black Guitarist Performs At The Lake Meadows Shopping Center In Chicago"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Black Family Enjoys A Picnic During The Summer At Chicago's 12th Street Beach On Lake Michigan"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Blacks And Whites Take To The Water At A 12th Street Beach On Lake Michigan On Chicago's South Side"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Washington Park On Chicago's South Side Where Many Black Families Enjoy Picnicking During The Summer"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "A Young Black Man Showing His Muscle During A Small Community Program In Chicago On The South Side"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Black Youngsters Performing On An Empty Lot At 5440 South Princeton Avenue On Chicago's South Side"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "The Kadats Of America, Chicago's Most Loved Young Black Drill Team, Shown Performing On A Sunday Afternoon At A Community Talent Show On The South Side"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Black Beauties Complement A Float During The Bud Billiken Day Parade"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Black Members Of The Chicago City Council During A Budget Hearing"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Worshippers At Holy Angel Catholic Church On Chicago's South Side"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Artist Ron Blackburn Painting An Outdoor Wall Mural At The Corner Of 33rd And Giles Streets In Chicago. He Is One Of Many Artists Painting In The City's Black Communities"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Black Construction Worker In South Side Chicago"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Robert Taylor Homes, A Low Income Highrise Apartment Complex Inhabited By Blacks On Chicago's South Side"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Black Women On One Of The Balconies Of The Robert Taylor Homes, Low Income Highrise Apartments In Chicago"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Black Children Play Outside The Ida B. Wells Homes, One Of Chicago's Oldest Housing Projects. There Are 1,652 Apartments Housing 5,920 Persons In 124 Buildings On The South Side"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "A Black Man Delivers Mail To The Block Of East 43rd Street On Chicago's South Side"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "A Black Father And Son Pictured At An Outdoor Worship Service At Chicago's Wrigley Field During The Jehovah's Witness Annual Convention"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
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    "Black Youngsters Cool Off With Fire Hydrant Water On Chicago's South Side In The Woodlawn Community"

    Photo by John H. White, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives