In 1847, in York, Pennsylvania, Glenalvin became the first in the
family to enter the profession. Eventually the brothers built a business
that moved to East Saginaw, Michigan, in 1863 and lasted until Wallace's
death in 1922.
The brothers worked closely and successfully with the white
communities that surrounded them, but they drew their strength from
their family and their African American peers.
Their legacy is an extraordinary collection of images of timber
drives and city scenes, individuals and groups, picnics, parties and
This is an online version
of the exhibit that was at the Michigan Historical Museum in 2000-2001.
Enter the exhibit.