Thursday, February 16, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: February 16, 1910 – Morgan and Marvin Smith


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From The Notable Kentucky African Americans Database
(Accessed February 16, 2018)
(born: 1910) Born in Nicholasville, KY, the sons of Allena Hutchinson Smith and Charles Smith. The Smith twins were photographers who left Kentucky and settled in Harlem, NY. The memorable photo of Robert Day playing Hi-Li was taken by Morgan Smith. Marvin later took up abstract painting and Morgan became interested in film. The resonant life in Harlem was captured on film and in photographs with events and images such as the first African American policeman. Morgan Smith died in 1993 and Marvin Smith died in 2003. For more see The Photography Encyclopedia, by G. S. McDarrah, et al.; M & M Smith: for posterity's sake, by H. Lyons, et al; Morgan and Marvin Smith, from North By South: The African American Great Migration; and Harlem: the vision of Morgan and Marvin Smith, by M. and M. Smith.

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Lyons, Heather., Nikky. Finney, Morgan Smith, Marvin Dee, Smith, Marvin, Dee, Ruby, Little City Productions, Independent Television Service, and New Day Films. M & M Smith for Posterity's Sake. Lexington, KY : [Ho-ho-kus, NJ]: Little City Productions ; New Day Films [distributor], 1995.
AV-V4001, Young Media Library

Smith, Morgan, and Smith, Marvin. Harlem : The Vision of Morgan and Marvin Smith. Lexington: U of Kentucky, 1998. Print.
F128.H3 S65 1997, Fine Arts Library – Oversize

Smith, Marvin, Morgan Rachleff, Smith, Morgan, Rachleff, Melissa, and University of Kentucky. Art Museum. Images of Harlem, 1935-1952 : A Brief Biography of Marvin and Morgan Smith. Lexington, Ky.: U of Kentucky Art Museum, 1993. Print.
TR140 .S625 I45 1993, Fine Arts Library

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