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Q Who was Richard Samuel Roberts?
Richard Samuel Roberts (1880-1936) moved with his wife and family to Columbia in 1920. While working as a post office custodian, he opened a portrait-photography studio in 1922 and photographed thousands of subjects over the next fourteen years. His photographs provide a vivid portrait of the African American community in Columbia during those years. A large selection of his negatives, which had been preserved by his children after his death, were restored and published in 1986 as A True Likeness: The Black South of Richard Samuel Roberts, 1920-1936.
Source: Thomas L. Johnson and Philip C. Dunn, eds., A True Likeness: The Black South of Richard Samuel Roberts, 1920-1936.