Luckie family photographs
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Luckie family photographs

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Cunningham, Nancy, 1820-1910
Creator: Luckie, Solomon, ?-1864
Creator: Menkee's Studio (Atlanta, Ga.).
Title: Luckie family photographs
Dates: 1860-1940, undated
Quantity: 12.0 Image(s) (two ambrotypes, four albumen prints, four cabinet cards, and two photographic postcards)
Identification: ahc.VIS20

Biographical/Historical Note

Solomon Luckie (?-1864) was a free African American who maintained his own barbershop and bathing salon in the Atlanta Hotel. He and his wife, Nancy Cunningham (1820-1910), were two of the less than forty free African Americans living in Atlanta in 1860. During the Union Army's siege of Atlanta in 1864, shell fragments from the bombardment struck Luckie. He was attended to at the Atlanta Medical College, but failed to recover and died from his wounds a few hours later. Solomon and Nancy had three children: Camilla (1841-1912); Loduska, and Odie. Camilla Luckie worked as a seamstress and had one son, Solomon Walter Luckie, Sr. (1866-1953). He was the son of Walter Rossel of St. Louis, Missouri.

Tradition maintains that Solomon Walter Luckie, Sr., was the first African American postal carrier in Atlanta and was an artisan and tailor. He married Ellen Euphrasia Beale (1869-1943) and the couple had three children: Ambrosia Luckie (1890-1985); Solomon Walter Luckie, Jr. (1893-1976); and Charles Edgar Luckie (1896-1914).

Solomon Walter Luckie, Jr., received a bachelor's degree from Clark University and a master's degree from Fordham University. He served in World War I and moved to New York City where he taught junior high school for 37 years.


Scope and Content Note

This collection documents four generations of the Luckie family, very early members of Atlanta's free African American community.


Index Terms

African American businesspeople--Georgia--Atlanta
African American families--Georgia--Atlanta
African American photographers
African American soldiers
African American women--Georgia--Atlanta
African Americans--Clothing--Georgia
African Americans--Employment--Georgia--Atlanta
Freedmen.
Photographers--Georgia--Atlanta
United States--Armed Forces--Uniforms
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Luckie family photographs, VIS 20, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1986


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.


Container List

 

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VIS 20.1VIS 20.1Ambrotype, half-length seated portrait of Solomon Luckie, undated ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 20.2VIS 20.2Ambrotype, half-length portrait of Nancy Cunningham, undated ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 20.3VIS 20.3Albumen print, photograph of Solomon Walter Luckie, Sr., undated ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 20.4VIS 20.4Cabinet card, portrait of Ellen Euphrasia Beale, undated ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 20.5VIS 20.5Cabinet card, portrait of Solomon Walter Luckie, Sr.; Ellen Euphrasia Beale; Ambrosia Luckie; Solomon Walter Luckie, Jr.; and Charles Edgar Luckie, undated ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 20.6VIS 20.6Albumen print, portrait of Solomon Walter Luckie, Sr. and Edgar Luckie, undated ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 20.7VIS 20.7Albumen print, portrait of Charles Edgar Luckie, undated ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 20.8VIS 20.8Cabinet card and two photographic postcards identified as Solomon Walter Luckie, Jr. and Charles Edgar Luckie (one postcard is a portrait of Solomon Walter Luckie, Jr. in a military uniform), 1919, undated ( 3.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 20.9VIS 20.9Cabinet card, portrait of Thelma Loduska Luckie, undated ( 1.0 Image(s) )
 

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VIS 20.10VIS 20.10Albumen print, photograph of three men, one identified as William Luckie, undated ( 1.0 Image(s) )