Daniel Brown

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Portrait photograph of Daniel Brown, taken by Rufus W. Holsinger at an unknown date. Reproduced from the Holsinger Studio Portrait Project.

Daniel Brown (1898 – 1989) was a Black World War I veteran from Charlottesville whose portrait photograph forms part of the Holsinger Studio Collection.


Brown was born in Charlottesville in 1898 to Henry and Lizzie Brown, a laborer and laundress[1] who lived on McKee Row. He never attended school but was able to read and write as of the 1920 Census. He worked as a janitor throughout his life (including immediately before his death) and later took up a job as a taxi driver. He also worked as a porter for Edmonds & Co., one of the nine Black grocery stores in Charlottesville at the time.[2]

In 1917, Brown married Catharine Overton in Charlottesville. From June 6, 1918 to June 27, 1919, he was enlisted as a soldier and fought in the closing phases of World War I. He later registered for the World War II draft as well. At an unknown date, Brown's portrait photograph was taken by Rufus W. Holsinger, with this picture forming a part of the Holsinger Studio Collection.

Brown died in Charlottesville in 1989.[3]


  1. Web. Charlottesville, Va. directory and list of Albemarle County farmers., Richmond, Hill Directory Co., 1914-15, retrieved August 3, 2023.
  2. Web. Picture Me As I Am: Mirror and Memory in the Age of Black Resistance, The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
  3. Web. Daniel Brown, Holsinger Studio Portrait Project