This is a photograph of Falco Ala who was a former slave and claimed to be 106 years old. He was a slave in Colleton County South Carolina.
Customer David Lawrence purchased this photograph, framed in a convex frame from the USA to add to his large collection of Titanic memorabilia. When the photograph arrived he was amazed to find that the actual Titanic book in the picture was also enclosed. As the book in the photograph was very faded I combined a new image of the book into the photograph to make an even more realistic restoration that was enlarged for reframing.
The original photograph was taken in Falco Ala’s cabin around 1912-13. The Titanic book in his hand is a first edition. It appears he married and his son died on the Titanic. Research shows there were four Negro passengers on board and none survived so the story stands up.