Bank of America Corp. has donated a collection of 61 photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture. The photographs focus on Daufuskie Island, off the coast of North Carolina, which was inhabited primarily by the Gullah people, freed slaves and their descendants, from the end of the Civil War until the 1970s.
Moutoussamy-Ashe took the photographs between 1977 and 1981, when there were fewer than 84 permanent residents on the island, who supported themselves by catching oysters and growing cotton.
The Bank of America also made a donation of $1 million to the capital campaign of the museum, which will open in 2015. The photographs will be permanently installed at the museum.