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Jumping the Broom

Jumping the Broom

Van Norris - 2002

Bride and groom, Ora Lean Norris and Harvey Johnson, practice an old African-American custom of jumping the broom on their wedding day in June of 2002. Ora Lean wears a long dress of turquoise with a matching jacket, and Harvey wears a grey suit with blue shirt and tie. To the right is Ora Lean's grandson, Mark Weaver.


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TitleJumping the Broom
CreatorVan Norris
FormatPhotograph, 4 X 6 in.

Title by cataloger. The African-American custom of jumping the broom began as a ritual when there wasn't a legal marrigae license. See other photos under the subject heading Gulfport, Mississippi for the Norris/Johnson story. Scanned at the Black History Month Celebration, Feb. 18, 2007, at the Grand Rapids Public Library

Location In PhotoGrand Rapids, MI
CollectionHarvey and Ora Lean Johnson

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