Bob Fitch Alabama Photo ID Project: 7

This is the 7th in a 10 part series of unidentified photos taken by civil rights photographer Bob Fitch in Alabama 1965-66.  Please share these photos, and the ones on the preceding 6 posts with your friends, family, and others who may be able to identify these Alabama civil rights activists, families and first candidates for office. Please contact Maria Gitin with IDs, location, date and photo number. Thank you!


Rev. Henry McCaskill (Hale County) and Patt J. Davis (Perry County) hold a copy of the Southern Courier with Bob Fitch photos of the first Black candi- dates for office who ran on the Peoples Choice slate in May 1966. Fitch’s photos of Alabama candidates used on campaign posters and in the Negro press. White owned newspapers did not cover Black candidates.

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Bob Fitch photos ©Bob Fitch Photo Archive Stanford University. All rights reserved.


Bob Fitch Alabama Photo ID Project: 3

This is the third post in a series that will ultimately offer 60+ photos for identification so that they can be preserved in perpetuity. 36_517_41 36_519_26 36_519_21 36_518_34 36_518_18

Bob Fitch photos ©Bob Fitch Photo Archive Stanford University. All rights reserved. Photos may be shared for educational non-commerical and identification purposes only.

Civil rights photographer Bob Fitch, activist, friend and historian, has asked for assistance in identifying some of his historic photos of the first African-American candidates who ran for election in Alabama in 1966. Few of them were elected the first time out but they paved the way for others who finally won in majority Black counties. Some photos are of those who worked on campaigns, friends and families. All were taken in Alabama 1965-66. These photos are part of the Bob Fitch archives at Stanford University Libraries and will soon be available for all to view and share, free of charge.

To preserve the memory of the courageous local leaders, we ask your help in providing ID by name, county, office the candidate ran for and the # of the photo. You may post responses in the “leave a comment” box below, or e-mail me, Maria Gitin, civil rights veteran and author of “This Bright Light of Ours: Stories from the Voting Rights Fight.” Find my contact information at