What Black Love Looked Like From the 1800s to the Present

Let's celebrate the history of Black love.

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Unidentified couple circa 1970s.

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Elderly African American couple posed outside of building, near Hampton Institute, Hampton, Va.

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Unidentified couple circa 1905.

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Unidentified couple circa 1912.

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Unidentified couple circa 1915.

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Unidentified couple circa 1915.

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Unidentified couple circa 1920.

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Captioned 'Beaulah and Lloyd McIlvain' on April 20, 1923.

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Unidentified couple circa 1925.

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1930

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Unidentified couple circa 1930.

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Unidentified couple in Ohio circa 1932.

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Nigerian musician and composer Fela Sowande (1905 - 1987) with his fiance, American soprano Mildred Marshall, in Regent's Park, London, 13th September 1936. Sowande is working as a the pianist and Marshall is singing in the London production of Lew Leslie's musical revue, 'Blackbirds Of 1936'.

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June 1942: An African-American couple dances, as other people clap, inside the recreation tent of the Farm security administration agricultural workers' camp, Bridgeton, New Jersey.

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Frederick C. Branch (1922 - 2005), the first African American to be commissioned in the United States Marine Corps, gets his second Lieutenant bars pinned on him by his wife Camilla 'Peggy' Branch, November 1945. being pinned with his second lieutenant bars by his wife, Camilla 'Peggy' Branch.

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A student, wearing a sweater from Hampton Institute (now Hampton University), relaxes on the grounds with a lady friend, Hampton, VA, early twentieth century.

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Unidentified couple circa 1960.

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Unidentified couple circa 1960.

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Unidentified couple circa 1965.

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March 1968: Mr and Mrs Gabriel Samuel, two Nigerian students living in London, on the day of their wedding.

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Unidentified couple circa 1970s.

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Unidentified couple circa 1970.

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Unidentified couple in a Chicago neighborhood circa 1973.

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Unidentified couple in a Chicago neighborhood circa 1973.

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Unidentified couple circa 1978.

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Unidentified couple in a New York circa 1980.

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Unidentified couple seated atop a carved tree stump in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, New York, New York circa 1988.

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Unidentified couple on a pier in Chicago, Illinois circa 1987.