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CLEVELAND — Fox 8 News would like to thank the Western Reserve Historical Society for research assistance and the use of images associated with the local historic figures featured during our African American Influence on Food Black History Month 2013 coverage.

The pictures used are part of the Allen E. Cole collection.

Cole photographed Cleveland’s black community from the 1820s to the 1850s and generated more than 27,000 negatives throughout his life.

Born in Kearneysville, W. Va. in 1883, Cole eventually moved to Cleveland where he worked as a waiter until he met Joseph Poet, who managed Frank Moore Studios.

That launched his photography career, and for years Cole was the only black member of the Cleveland Society of Professional Photographers.

Cole died in 1970.

The Western Reserve Historical Society is located at 10825 East Boulevard in Cleveland.

To be directed to the WRHS’s website, click here.