On assignment from Black Oak Society, I was tasked with shooting two women for an exhibition called "Give Black Raleigh Her Flowers". The exhibition celebrated the powerful matriarchy that has helped shape the rich black culture of Raleigh, North Carolina.

All images made in 2021.

Carmen Cauthen I


Native and local historian Carmen Cauthen shares her original copy of Carter G. Woodson’s “Negro Makers of History”, published in 1928, at Richard B. Harrison Community Library in Raleigh. Cauthen’s book served as a prize for her Aunt who won the Vacation Reading Book Club contest held at the library in 1937. Richard B. Harrison Community Library, founded by Raleigh’s first black librarian in Wake County Mollie H. Lee in 1935, served as a public library for Raleigh’s black community.


Medium: Digital Photograph

Carmen Cauthen II


Native and local historian Carmen Cauthen shares her original copy of Carter G. Woodson’s “Negro Makers of History”, published in 1928, at Richard B. Harrison Community Library in Raleigh. Cauthen’s book served as a prize for her Aunt who won the Vacation Reading Book Club contest held at the library in 1937. Richard B. Harrison Community Library, founded by Raleigh’s first black librarian in Wake County Mollie H. Lee in 1935, served as a public library for Raleigh’s black community. On the table behind the book sits an original newspaper clipping from a 1954 issue of Raleigh’s News and Observer with the headline “Segregation Is Declared Unconstitutional”.


Medium: Digital Photograph

Carmen Cauthen III


Historian Carmen Cauthen recreating an image from 1968 of Mollie H. Lee, the first black librarian in Wake County and founder of Richard B. Harrison Community Library. Behind Cauthen is a portion of the library’s Mollie H. Lee collection. This collection was started and maintained by Lee to chronicle the black experience both locally and nationally.


Medium: Digital Photograph

Carmen Cauthen IV


Historian Carmen Cauthen recreating an image from 1968 of Mollie H. Lee, the first black librarian in Wake County and founder of Richard B. Harrison Community Library. Behind Cauthen is a portion of the library’s Mollie H. Lee collection. This collection was started and maintained by Lee to chronicle the black experience both locally and nationally.


Medium: Digital Photograph

Carmen Cauthen V


Historian Carmen Cauthen inside Raleigh, NC’s Richard B. Harrison Community Library. Behind Cauthen is a portion of the library’s Mollie H. Lee collection. This collection was started and maintained by Lee, the first black librarian in Wake County and founder of the library, to chronicle the black experience both locally and nationally.

This image was curated into the “Give Black Raleigh Her Flowers” exhibition.


Medium: Digital Photograph