The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise

Nearly a century's worth of photographs from the Scurlock studio form a vivid portrait of black Washington, D.C., in all its guises—its challenges and its victories, its dignity and its determination. The exhibition features more than 100 images created by one of the premiere African American studios in the country and one of the longest-running black businesses in Washington. Highlights include cameras and equipment from the studio and period artifacts from Washington.
The images are drawn from the Scurlock Studio Collection, preserved since 1997 at the Archives Center at the National Museum of American History. Artifacts are on loan from Howard University, The Historical Society of Washington DC and the Scurlock family. The exhibition is presented by the National Museum of African American History and Culture in collaboration with the National Museum of American History.