Chester A Franklin 1880-1959

Photograph of Chauncey Downs, Bill "Count" Basie and Chester Franklin

Full length view of Chauncey Downs and Bill "Count" Basie are shaking hands with Chester Franklin to their right. A piano is pictured on the right of these three men.

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The Franklin Collection

The Franklin Collection contains letters, photographs, clippings and personal papers of Chester and Ada Franklin. The Franklins traveled extensively, and often separately. The love letters they exchanged reveal their relationship and times in which they lived. Please enjoy Black Archives of Mid-America's first collection to go online.