African-Americans displaced by the Great Ohio River Flood line up at a relief station in Louisville, Kentucky.
Image: Margaret Bourke-White/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
In January 1937, while covering the disastrous flooding of the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky for LIFE Magazine, Margaret Bourke-White captured an image that quickly became famous and eventually rose to become an icon of the Great Depression.
The photo features a simple but sharply ironic juxtaposition: African-American flood victims line up for relief below a billboard with a beaming white family proclaiming WORLD’S HIGHEST STANDARD OF LIVING. Read more…