Thursday, February 4, 2016

Birmingham Photo of the Day (42): Camp Fire Girls in 1930

This photograph shows eighteen young women and their leader standing around a fire and in front of a building somewhere in the Birmingham area. A sign just over the leader's head says "Colored Y.W.C.A. All Ladies Welcome." In the lower right someone has written "Camp Fire Girls."

Camp Fire Girls was founded early in the twentieth century as a female counterpart to the Boy Scouts and just before creation of the Girl Scouts. A YMCA employee and physician, Luther Gulick, was instrumental in the group's early organization. The YWCA USA began in the nineteenth century. 

Segregation in Alabama at this time probably meant that African-American organizations often worked together in various ways.

Source: Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections

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