Dec 4, 2015

Mission hymns in 1941

In the daily struggles of the Great Depression, people gathered at 400 Crawford Street in Portsmouth, Va., at the Helping Hand Mission. They sang hymns. John Vachon, a photographer working for the United States Farm Security Administration to document American life in the, was there in March 1941, capturing the images:

These photos are some of more than 8,000 Vachon took. Many of these photos are made publicly available by Yale.