1717 Wayne Street
Richard Samuel Roberts House
Florida native Richard Samuel Roberts lived here from 1920 until his death in 1936. A self-taught photographer, Roberts initially worked out of a shed in his backyard for two years, later relocating his studio to 1119 Washington Street in the heart of Columbia's black commercial district. Following his death in 1936, Robert's legacy was largely forgotten until 1982 when his son discovered thousands of intact glass plate negatives under the house. His documentation of ordinary and influential African Americans during the 1920s and 1930s offers an unparalleled perspective on life during the Jim Crow era.