Five African American adults, Houlton, ca. 1900

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Five unidentified African American adults pose for a portrait at a photography studio in Houlton in about 1900. The clothing suggests the photograph was taken in the mid to late 1890s or early 1900s.

Several black families lived in Houlton. In the 1880s and early 1890s. The Edward Beverly Cornelisons and Alvin A. Talbot families both were barbers. The Talbots moved to Bangor by 1898, but the Cornelisons remained in Houlton. Other black families lived in Houlton as well.

The photograph may be of a Houlton family or may be of a family from a nearby community in the U.S. or New Brunswick, Canada.

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