Frances Benjamin Johnston made detailed shots of the facade of this house, a landmark of Greene County in its day.
Frances Benjamin Johnston/Library of Congress (1939 or 1944)
Old Shop Near Greensboro
Frances Benjamin Johnston was one of the first famous American women photographers and though she isn’t widely known outside academic circles today, she left behind a large archive of both personal and public work. The images seen here represent the focus of her later years, Southern architecture. The Library of Congress lists possible dates of 1939 and 1944 for these images. Since she was working widely in other Southern states at the time, they could date to either year. At any rate, they represent an important archive.
Two-story Brick Building, Greensboro
House Near Greensboro
Episcopal Church, Greensboro
Old Greene County Jail, Greensboro
Greene County Courthouse, Greensboro
All Images Frances Benjamin Johnston/Library of Congress (1939 or 1944)
For more about Johnston’s fascinating life story:
When Jack Delano made these photographs one October evening in 1941 in Greensboro, America was readying for war and times were changing quickly. In 1941, the county fair passed for “high-end” entertainment.
Fairs were one of the few places where African-American and white Georgians came together in public, without much attention to the Jim Crow laws that pervaded the wider society of the day, though restrictions were still in place in the broader context.
Jack Delano/Library of Congress (October 1941)