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[Photograph of Benjamin Price]

Description: Photograph of Ben Price, former teacher, seated in a wooden chair. He is wearing a shirt and vest with pants and the photo was taken outside of a house that has a porch with pillars. A handwritten note on the back says, "My Great-grandfather Ben Price. Grandmama Nellie B. Price Cumming's father."
Date: unknown

[Birth Certificate for Vera Mae Cummings]

Description: Birth certificate for Vera Mae Cummings, born in Palestine, Texas, May 15, 1922 to Gent Cummings and Nellie Bell Price. The back of the page includes instructions for completing information and the text of legislation related to the form. There is also a certificate stapled to the top of the back page certifying that the birth certificate is legitimate.
Date: January 30, 1943
Creator: Texas. Bureau of Vital Statistics.

[Photograph of Aunt Bennie]

Description: Photograph of Bennie Benita Price posing for a portrait. The photograph shows Bennie Price, daughter of Ben Price, from the bust up, and her head and eyes are turned slightly to face the right side of the image. The woman has short hair that is brushed toward the left side of her head, and is wearing a floral patterned dress with a white scooped collar. She is also wearing a beaded necklace around her neck. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Aunt Bennie".
Date: unknown

[Photograph of Lovie Price]

Description: Photograph of Lovie Price and an unknown man standing side-by-side in front of an interior wall. Lovie is wearing a long, dark, double-breasted button-up dress with light-colored buttons and trim. She is also wearing an assortment of long beaded necklaces. The man standing next to her on the left is wearing a dark suit, white collared shirt, and a printed tie. He has glasses and a pocket watch chained to his belt. A couple of photos and a calendar are hanging on the wall behind the two.
Date: unknown

[Birth Certificate for Azilea D. Johnson]

Description: Birth certificate for Azilea D. Johnson, born in Palestine, Texas, February 1878 to Ab Johnson and Emma Johnson. According to the certificate, both of her parents were slaves in Palestine at the time of her birth. The back of the page includes instructions for completing information and the text of legislation related to the form.
Date: unknown
Creator: Texas. Bureau of Vital Statistics.

[Birth Certificate for Benjamin F. Price]

Description: Birth certificate for Benjamin F. Price, born in Palestine, Texas, February 1873 to Sam Price and Mary Foster. According to the certificate, both of his parents were slaves in Palestine at the time of his birth. The back of the page includes instructions for completing information and the text of legislation related to the form.
Date: 1958
Creator: Texas. Bureau of Vital Statistics.

[Group of Businesspeople in Front of Chalkboard]

Description: Photograph of a group of African-American businesspeople. The group consists of Vera Cummings Nash, who is seated in the first row, third person from the left, and three other women seated at a desk. Nine men stand in a row behind the women. There is a large chalkboard behind the group inscribed with a chart that is entitled "If you can bear The Cross you can wear The Crown" at the very top. One woman is poised holding a pen as if writing in the open book in front of her. There is a handwritten note at the front of the photograph that reads, "Hartfield foto".
Date: unknown

[Death Certificate for Vera Nash]

Description: Photocopy of the death certificate for Vera Nash, daughter of Gent Cummings and Nellie Bell Price, who died December 25, 1990 in Pontiac, Michigan from congestive heart failure. She was buried in Hillview Cemetery in Springfield, Michigan.
Date: December 28, 1990
Creator: Michigan. Dept. of Public Health.

[Photograph of a Group Seated in Front of a Window]

Description: Photograph of a group of eight African-American women and one African-American man. The group of people are seated on a floral-printed semi-circle-shaped couch that faces the camera. The man is sitting in the middle, and there are four women seated on either side of the couch. In front of the group, in the foreground of the image, there is a small circular coffee table with a large fern sitting atop. Directly behind the seated man is a statue of a nude woman that faces the lefthand side of the image. The wall behind the group is made up of dark windows and light blinds that are opened halfway. There is a handwritten note on the front of the photograph that reads, "WASH. D.C. 1945" as well as a stamp on the back of the photograph that reads, "R. McDougall Washington D.C.".
Date: unknown

[Portrait of Vera Mae Cummings Nash]

Description: Photograph of Vera Mae Cummings Nash, daughter of Nellie Bell Price and Gent Cummings. She is standing with her hands behind her back, wearing a light blue turtleneck and khaki pants. A name tag is attached to her shirt on her chest. A banner with the words "Golden Opportunity" is partially visible behind her.
Date: unknown

[Portrait of Vera Mae Cummings Nash]

Description: Photograph of Vera Mae Cummings Nash, daughter of Nellie Bell Price and Gent Cummings and sister of Lovie Venola Cummings. She is seated in a chair and posed for a portrait in front of a backdrop that features the propeller of an airplane. She is wearing a fur coat, a dress, pantyhose and peep toe heels. Her hands are folded on her lap with gloves laid over them. According to accompanying information, she was also the first African-American to work as a secretary in the White House.
Date: unknown