|Miss Lewis Johnson's wedding, 1940s|
|Major Charles H. Fearing, ca. 1945|
Scurlock not only served as a photographer of black Washington D.C. but as the official photographer for Howard University. Among the many negatives I have rehoused are images of graduates from its different schools, including the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Engineering and Architecture. I believe Scurlock was on a mission to capture the educated African American in his photographs, demonstrating to the world that blacks are an important part of society. In addition, I have seen negatives depicting the many special occasions that were photographed by the Scurlock Studio, including weddings, debutante balls, and christenings. With respect to planning a wedding, I recall a quote from an individual who knew Scurlock: “If a couple did not hire Scurlock as their photographer, they were not considered married.” This statement exemplifies how the studio evolved into a business that was very much entrenched in D.C.'s
|Mrs. Ann Waller and family, 1950|
In early February, my fellow interns and I walked the U Street Heritage Tour to acquire a sense of the community Scurlock served in his studio. As we walked, we soon came across the actual Studio site, which is now a local sports bar. I noticed that the area still has some of the historic places we have come across, including the Lincoln Theatre and Lincoln Colonnade. The Lincoln Theatre served as U Street’s first movie house and hosted vaudeville acts. The Colonnade served as a public hall for social gatherings and entertainment.
|Dr. G.H. Shumate, ca. 1950|