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Laundry Girl • New Orleans, LA

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Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of a young girl walking down a sidewalk in New Orleans, Louisiana by photographer Leonard Freed. The girl is carrying a large white cloth bag of laundry and is barefoot. She looks at the camera directly and wears a dark dress. Above her head in the extreme upper left of the photo is a storefront sign stating "Service for Colored at Window". The street is lined with cars and homes and other people are visible further down the sidewalk. The date and place the photo was taken are inscribed on the back along with the photographer's stamp.
Photograph by
Leonard Freed, American, 1929 - 2006
Subject of
Unidentified Child or Children
Printed by
Steinmetz Studio, French
1965; printed 1998
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 13 x 8 11/16 in. (33 x 22 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm)
H x W (Matted): 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
gelatin silver prints
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Object number
African American
American South
United States--History--1961-1969
Place depicted
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
Restrictions & Rights
© Leonard Freed & Magnum Photos, Inc.