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Henry Hayden, Sr. (1872-1934)

Henry Hayden, Sr. (1872-1934) was a contemporary of Baumgarten and Van Ness and was Charlotte’s first known black photographer. The son of David and Mary Hayden, he grew up in Charlotte and opened a studio in 1897 at 303 South Brevard Street. This photograph and the one that follows cannot be identified as being shot by Hayden, but they exemplify Hayden’s work. 

Unknown gentleman from the Charlotte African-American Album Photograph Collection

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