H. Randolph Moore, a graduate of Oberlin College and USC, was ordained in 1925 in Atlanta. He came to Los Angeles as Vicar of St. Philip the Evangelist Episcopal Church in 1934 and retired in 1971. He was named a lifetime canon of St. Paul's Cathedral by Bishop Francis Eric Bloy for his "outstanding leadership of St. Philip's Parish and his long and faithful service to the diocese and its bishops." He received a doctorate of divinity degree in Liberia in 1966.
Group portrait of the African American participants in the wedding of Hugh Bell and Ruth E. Thompson with the bride and groom in the center, best men on the left, bride's maids on the right a boy and two girls in the center, and three women and two men behind the couple. The bride is in a white dress with head decoration. The bridesmaids are wearing drop waist dresses with a floral design. The men are wearing tuxedos. Palm trees, flowers, and an altar are in the background.
Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones, known as Sissieretta Jones, was an American soprano. She sometimes was called "The Black Patti" in reference to Italian opera singer Adelina Patti. Jones' repertoire included grand opera, light opera, and popular music. She was the highest-paid African-American performer of her time. Later in her career she founded the Black Patti Troubadours (later renamed the Black Patti Musical Comedy Company).
Dr. John Somerville, born in Jamaica, was the first black graduate of USC School of Dentistry (1907). He married Vada Jetmore Watson (1912), who also became a dentist. He built the Somerville Hotel (1928), was instrumental in the founding of the Los Angeles chapter of NAACP (1914), and served on the Police Commission 1949-1953.
Bi-fold photograph album with two images of a family. Left: A couple with a boy toddler and an older woman who may be the grandmother in a yard. Right A mother holding a baby in a yard in front of a wooden fence.