Happy Fourth of July

1939 Fourth of July on St. Helena Island, S.C., by Marion Post Wolcott, Library of CongressI found these early color slides of a 1939 community Fourth of July picnic on St. Helena Island, South Carolina, by Marion Post Wolcott.*

1939 Fourth of July on St. Helena Island, S.C., by Marion Post Wolcott, Library of CongressThey’re rather shadowy, but still lovely — like old oil paintings.

1939 Fourth of July on St. Helena Island, S.C., by Marion Post Wolcott, Library of CongressTo scroll through larger pictures, click on ‘Continue reading’ below and then on any thumbnail in the gallery. I lightened the images here a little, but those in the gallery are the original versions.

1939 Fourth of July on St. Helena Island, S.C., by Marion Post Wolcott, Library of CongressSt. Helena Island is one of the Sea Islands and a center of African-American Gullah culture and language.

1939 Fourth of July on St. Helena Island, S.C., by Marion Post Wolcott, Library of CongressHere in Rwanda, the American Embassy held its Independence Day reception last night. This is because the 4th is Rwandan Liberation Day — when Kigali was liberated in 1994, and the genocide was effectively ended. July 1 is Rwanda’s Independence Day, celebrating the end of Belgian colonialism in 1962.

1939 Fourth of July on St. Helena Island, S.C., by Marion Post Wolcott, Library of Congress


*via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

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