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1967: A young man at an after-school tutoring session with Duke students in the basement of a Durham church. When the image was printed, photographer Billy Barnes says he discovered that the boy was so intent on doing a great job that he had copied the tutors instructions (JamesCopy above sentences.) as well as the sentences themselves.

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  • Salisbury, 2005. Debra and Jonathan Murph in their home. Both are enrolled in community college, Barnes says. On the same day last year, they were laid off from their long-time jobs at Pillowtex. Debra is on the schools Deans List, and Jonathan is on the Honor Roll. Debra is training to be a medical records technician; Jonathan is working on a cerfiticate in engineering. Debra says they are afraid their unemployment money is going to run out before they can finish school and get new jobs.
  • Picturing poverty
  • Salisbury, 2005. Debra and Jonathan Murph in their...
  • Billy Barnes
  • Apr 13, 2005
  • Neighborhood near downtown Durham, 1965. Boy on back steps of house.
  • Picturing poverty
  • Neighborhood near downtown Durham, 1965. Boy on back...
  • Billy Barnes
  • Apr 13, 2005
  • Barnes recalls the picture at right as being either Raeford or Red Springs in the late 1960s. I love images that have different planes of activity, he says, and a glance at this situation as I drove through a small town was enough to make me look around for a nearby parking place. The clock on the wall in the barbershop says its quitting time, the man on the sidewalk appears to be a construction worker waiting for a ride home, and the guys inside the barbershop are sitting around shooting the breeze, waiting for the old clock to say its time to close the doors.
  • Picturing poverty
  • Barnes recalls the picture at right as being...
  • Billy Barnes
  • Apr 13, 2005
  • Winston-Salem, around 1967. Demonstration at a store that was said to be mistreating its black customers.
  • Picturing poverty
  • Winston-Salem, around 1967. Demonstration at a store that...
  • Billy Barnes
  • Apr 13, 2005
  • In the spring of 1964, Lyndon Johnson and his retinue visited a tenant farm family near Rocky Mount as one of several sites on a tour to publicize the need to pass the Economic Opportunity Act. Here he is on the steps of the farmers house. Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr. is seen at far left, behind the farmer. To Johnsons left is Gov. Terry Sanford, and at Sanfords left is Lynda Byrd Johnson.
  • Picturing poverty
  • In the spring of 1964, Lyndon Johnson and...
  • Billy Barnes
  • Apr 13, 2005
  • Spruce Pine, 2005. Closed furniture manufacturing plant.
  • Picturing poverty
  • Spruce Pine, 2005. Closed furniture manufacturing plant.
  • Billy Barnes
  • Apr 13, 2005
  • Lumbee Indian tenant farmer, Robeson County, 1964. He and his wife had 13 children.
  • Picturing poverty
  • Lumbee Indian tenant farmer, Robeson County, 1964. He...
  • Billy Barnes
  • Apr 13, 2005
  • 1967: A young man at an after-school tutoring session with Duke students in the basement of a Durham church. When the image was printed, photographer Billy Barnes says he discovered that the boy was so intent on doing a great job that he had copied the tutors instructions (JamesCopy above sentences.) as well as the sentences themselves.
  • Purification
  • 1967: A young man at an after-school tutoring...
  • Billy Barnes
  • Apr 13, 2005

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