York countian builds the Black American Experience one photo, one story at a time

York County, Pa., resident Ophelia Chambliss’ family poses circa 1946 in Tuskegee, Ala. Learn more about her project concerning her family and countless others: Images and Stories of the Black American Experience. Also of interest: Ophelia Chambliss’ art graces Harrisburg, too.

Ophelia Chambliss is trying to piece together the history of black Americans one family photograph at a time.”

So began Ashley May’s ydr.com story – Photographs tell stories of black history – about the well-known York County artist’s project.

“What most people hear about are the big things, Emancipation, the Civil Rights Movement, the Harlem Renaissance, but they don’t see images of everyday lives,” Chambliss told Ashley.

This is a project worthy of support.

Email photos and information to opheliachambliss@comcast.net or mail photos to 880 Edmund Avenue, York, Pa. 17404.

And if you respond, please include information about the people in the images.

Also of interest

And here’s such a family portrait to add to project: The patriarch and matriarch of York’s Kirkland family: Walter and Minnie Kirkland. And another: Ancestors of York countians with Bamberg, S.C., roots: Nimmons and Graysons.


Check out nearly 300 stories and photos about York County’ African-American history from this blog’s black history category.


Ophelia Chambliss’ artwork is known around York County and beyond. Here, a painting awaits visitors at Logos Academy in York.

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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