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An active member and unofficial historian of the African American community in El Paso, Leona Washington began collecting the photographs and documents that comprise the Leona Washington Photograph Collection over fifty years ago. This collection contains more than 800 photographic images documenting the lives of African Americans in El Paso over more than 100 years. Formats range from snapshots to large studio portraits. Included are images of important members of the Black community such as Dr. Lawrence Nixon, as well as institutions and organizations like the Douglass School and McCall Center.