Nov 13, 2015

Baptist Sunday School in 1943

Women gathered at a Baptist church in San Augustine, Texas in April 1943 to learn how to be Sunday School teachers. John Vachon, a photographer working with the United States Farm Security Administration to document American life during the Great Depression, was there to capture the scene:

The instructor is identified in the archives only as Miss May, a "visiting Baptist leader." 

Vachon also returned to the church that same month to document its Sunday School. There, he turned the lens from the teachers to the children:

These photos were among the more than 8,000 Vachon took for the United States Farm Security Administration. Many of these photos are made publicly available by Yale.