Bruce School, Houston, 1919, Class Portrait

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A striking 1919 photo of the 3D (3rd grade, I assume) class---"low and high"--at the segregated Bruce School in Houston. The #5 Schleuter under the name of the school is not the address, but rather I believe the name of the photographer, Frank Schleuter, a prominent commercial photographer of the era. [More that is relevant to his photographs of students and teachers at African American educational institutions in Houston here.] Founded from what I have been able to glean right around when this photo was taken, and located in the historic Fifth Ward, the school was named after Blanche Kelso Bruce, a former slave who founded a school for African Americans in Missouri during the Civil War and went on to hold a number of important political posts before becoming the first African American elected to the U.S. Senate (1875–1881).    A notable piece of Houston and American history and a wonderful photograph--so many beautiful young faces. 

6 5/8" x 4 3/4" and in very good condition.