Scenes of African American Life in Dallas
Beginning in the mid-1940s, Dallas newspaper and commercial photographer Marion Butts, Sr. (1924-2002), documented African American community life in Dallas for almost sixty years. The rich collection documents not only segregation and civil rights events, but also the community's business, civic, religious, educational, and social life as well as visits by national leaders and celebrity entertainers. He also served as editor and photographer for The Dallas Express, an African American newspaper published in Dallas, for over twenty years. Mr. Butts received the Dallas Black Living Legend Award for Print Journalism in 1992 from the Junior Black Academy for Arts and Letters, and his photographs were included in Portraits of Community: African American Photography in Texas and in the touring exhibition, "Like a Double-Edged Sword: The Black Civil Rights Movement in Texas."
This online exhibit presents selected examples of his photography, offering a glimpse of his unique style as well as his preferred choices of subjects. The photographs in this exhibit and in the Marion Butts Photograph collection are the property of the Dallas Public Library and may not be used for any purpose without written permission of the Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library. For more information about the collection, including purchasing prints from the collection, please contact the Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division: 214.670.1435.