Saturday, February 9, 2019

Helena Photograph Studio During Civil War

T.W., or Thomas, Bankes was a native Englishman who started as a teacher in America and eventually became a photographer with a studio in Helena, Arkansas at the start of the Civil War. This photograph of the exterior of his studio in Helena, features a number of Union troops, some of whom are African American. In response to a speech in Helena by Union Adjutant General Lorenzo Williams in April of 1863, several African Americans came forward to create the First Arkansas Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

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