Parks and Recreation

  • New York
  • 1930s-1950s

Family photos of Black leisure.

Notes: As an anthropologist, I am compelled by the everyday – the small things that are ordinary and considered of little consequence. Yet, I find that despite being small, the everyday also holds so much knowledge. I am also compelled by the everyday as a Black scholar because for Black people, for so long, we are even denied the small things, especially rest and leisure. As enslaved people, we were “chattel” who didn’t need rest. As free people, if we rest, we are lazy. So I LOVE these photos of folks just sprawled out on a blanket in a park AND those stylin’ and profilin’ on a car.

Yankee Stadium.
Carmen Inniss at Central Park.
Clove Valley Dude Ranch, July 1948.
Fred's friends.
Fred profiling.
Myra Inniss, Pelham Bay Park, 1948.
Handball, 1948.
Riis Beach, August 1951.
Aubrey and friends, 1936.
Carmen Inniss at Central Park.
Clove Valley Dude Ranch, July 1948.
Fred's friends.
Fred and friend profiling.
Speedway, 1948.
Van Cortlandt Park, August 1951.
'Just in case you missed me,' 1936.
Aubrey’s friends at the beach, 1940s.
Clove Valley Dude Ranch, July 1948.
Fred’s friend profiling.
Carmen Inniss with mother, Myra, and cousin Margie, Pelham Bay Park, 1948
Speedway, 1948.
Audrey & Cousins, Bronx, 1951.
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