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Rare photos of 19th-century blacks speak to modern Americans

Some faces are pensive; others are proud. Some are known; others are obscure. All are black. Rare, striking and never-before-seen portraits of black citizens in Victorian-era England are going on display for the first time in the U.S., and organizers say the photographs have a powerful message for contemporary Americans riven by racism. "There's a healing aspect to seeing these exquisite images," said Vera Ingrid Grant, director of the Cooper Gallery of African & African-American Art at Harvard University. The show, "Black Chronicles II," opens there Wednesday and runs through Dec. 11. "It changes our perceptions of the past, and can reverberate and change...