The Summit Avenue Ensemble • The Summit Avenue Ensemble

This 1900 photograph was taken in the home of Askew, who as previously mentioned transitioned from a life of slavery into Atlanta’s first African-American photographer. The musicians are the Summit Avenue Ensemble and include five of Askew’s six sons. Askew senior was the photographer. His family was part of the prosperous African-American middle class in Atlanta, a group that apparently seldom interacted with its white counterparts. Photo Credit: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

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