Thomas F. Freeman Collection, no. 4 – Holiday Celebrations (1973)

This home movie captures scenes of the Thomas F. Freeman family celebrating Christmas and the holiday season in 1973. The family enjoys unwrapping presents, assembling gifts, and attending holiday parties. Footage of Thomas Jr. playing bass guitar and singing in a performance with his band is also included in this video.

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Thomas F. Freeman Collection, no. 42 – Christmas Celebrations (1971)

This home movie captures scenes of the Freemans celebrating Christmas in 1971 by opening gifts, enjoying Christmas dinner, and, as is their tradition, making popcorn balls. Scenes of Carlotta and Carter Freeman rolling newspapers and getting a bike ready for a paper route are also included.

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The Ryan Battle Collection, no. 8 – African-American Elementary School

This home movie captures scenes of a small elementary school class of African-American children taught by African-American teachers in the 1950s. The children sing songs, finger paint, and eat lunch together. This footage is of special significance as very few films exist that document African-American classrooms and schools from this time.

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