In Jim Crow South, Tennessee Photographer Captured 'A Community In Black & White'

Dec 7, 2018

The Bitter Southerner recently published its first hardcover book. "A Community in Black & White: A Most Unusual Photo Album of One Southern Community" is a collection of photographs Joe Hardy Shipp took of Hickman County, Tennessee, over several decades in the mid-twentieth century.


His grandson, Joseph Shipp, discovered the collection, which includes thousands of black and white photographs of both black and white members of the Hickman County community. The unusual part? These photos were taken at the height of Jim Crow when white-owned businesses only served white customers. 

Shipp began digitizing the archive a few years ago while living in San Francisco. He later moving home to Nashville, Tennessee, to complete the project and publish "A Community in Black & White" with The Bitter Southerner. He joined "On Second Thought" for an interview from WPLN in Nashville.