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West Memphis: 1935

West Memphis: 1935

October 1935. "Street musicians. Blind fiddler. West Memphis, Arkansas." 35mm negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Blind Musician

It's a bitter irony that the blind street fiddler would have had to drink from public fountains marked "Colored," even though he didn't know what skin color was. All people would have been the same to him. Justice may have been blindfolded, but not blind.

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