Downtown | Richards, TX

Just after taking this photo, the wonderful woman who owns these buildings walked out, introduced herself, and gave me a fascinating tour. The building on the far left was once a doctor's office, owned and operated by the woman's grandfather in the early 19th century. During the Jim Crow era, the grandfather treated white and black patients alike, though a partition running through the building's interior divided the waiting room into a black section and a white. The tallest building was a pharmacy, and the building right of that was a cafe that doubled as a movie theater. As a young girl, the woman's mother played the organ as accompaniment to the silent films that would play in that theater. For me, this was a quite enjoyable look into the history of a fascinating family.

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Taken on February 13, 2012