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West Tennessee resident Hattye Yarbrough recently uncovered a photograph of her aunt, taken around 1900 by the first black professional photographer in Memphis, James P. Newton.
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Hattye Yarbrough still has the old-fashioned box camera her mother used when she was in high school.

She also has a Canon camera that one of her cousins sent her for Christmas in 1938. It took wonderful photographs until 1968 when she dropped it and it broke.

“I have always collected pictures,” Yarbrough says, remembering back…