Studio shots, no. 32: Mary Edwards Leach.

This photograph of Mary Edwards Leach (1910-1992), probably taken in the 1940s, is stamped “Baker’s Pictures. 520 E. Nash Street, Wilson, N.C.” and thus reveals the location of this shot and these. Leach was the daughter of Stephen and Charity Bullock Edwards of Wilson and Greene Counties.

The location of the studio on East Nash suggests that Baker was African-American, but no one by that name — black or white — is listed in Wilson in Stephen E. Massingill’s Photographers of North Carolina: The First Century, 1842-1941.

[Update: see John H. Baker.]

Photograph in the collection of Hattie Henderson Ricks, now in possession of Lisa Y. Henderson.


  1. Lisa, thanks for sharing the pictures of my grandmother Mary Edwards Leach and my great grandmother, Charity Edwards. My family is finding the information and pictures to be awesome.

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