Carte-de-visite of the Helena Studio of Photographer T.W. Bankes

Carte-de-visite of the Helena Studio of Photographer T.W. Bankes

Artist: Thomas W. Bankes, photographer
Type: Wet plate collodion process print on Albumen paper
Year:
Size/Dimensions: H: 4", W: 2.5"
Origin: Gift of Greg McMahon
Accession Number: 94.52.6

T.W., or Thomas, Bankes was a native Englishman who started as a teacher in America and eventually became a photographer with a studio in Helena, Arkansas at the start of the Civil War. This photograph of the exterior of his studio in Helena, features a number of Union troops, some of whom are African American. In response to a speech in Helena by Union Adjutant General Lorenzo Williams in April of 1863, several African Americans came forward to create the First Arkansas Volunteer Infantry Regiment (African Descent).Bankes eventually left Helena in December of 1863, and brought his photography studio to Little Rock, where he remained until 1877.

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Carte-de-visite of the Helena Studio of Photographer T.W. Bankes