FLOR500, Garden 118 Alvan S. Harper, Photographer (1847–1911) A professional photographer from Pennsylvania, Alvan S. Harper moved to Tallahassee in 1884, where he became a prominent photographer. He took numerous photographs of African Americans that showed them thriving despite segregation laws. He was commissioned in 1905 to create the first complete collection of Florida Supreme Court Justice portraits. Throughout a 25-year career in Tallahassee, Harper captured the life and look of the capital city.
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Alvan S. Harper, Photographer

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Alvan S. Harper, Photographer

(1847–1911)

A professional photographer from Pennsylvania, Alvan S. Harper moved to Tallahassee in 1884, where he became a prominent photographer. He took numerous photographs of African Americans that showed them thriving despite segregation laws. He was commissioned in 1905 to create the first complete collection of Florida Supreme Court Justice portraits. Throughout a 25-year career in Tallahassee, Harper captured the life and look of the capital city. 





 




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