Helen Ann Smith at Harlem House, Beale St, Memphis, TN, 1950s. Ernest C. Withers—Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, © Ernest C. Withers Trust (LIFE).
From the upcoming Smithsonian photo book African American Women. “We made a point of choosing images of people who aren’t famous,” says Michèle Gates Moresi, the [National Museum of African American History and Culture]’s supervisory curator of collections. “They aren’t known as leaders, but they were to their communities.”