A History of the Black Community of Syracuse

In 1980, OCC Professor Barbara Davis set out to collect a variety of photographic and ephemeral materials that would document African-American life and history in the Syracuse area. The photographs contained herein depict black soldiers and local religious leaders, as well as individuals engaged in community life, sports, and social organizations, including involvement with the Dunbar Center, a community organization with deep roots in the Syracuse community. Ephemera from this collection includes clippings from nineteenth century newspapers and journals, as well as a handbill offering a reward for an escaped slave.

Collection owner: Onondaga Community College, Coulter Library