On Antiques Roadshow, never-before-seen photographs of Albert Einstein taken in 1946 at Lincoln University were brought in for assessment by the freelance photographer’s wife. Lincoln University was one of the first African-American colleges in the country, and Einstein’s presence there spoke to his interest in civil rights. Einstein was in poor health at the time and was experiencing problems that would eventually lead to his death. He turned down many invitations to speak at universities due to these issues, but he made an exception for Lincoln University. He spoke eloquently at a university event about racism, calling it a “white man’s disease.”
One of the unique photos showed Einstein doing an impromptu explanation of the theory of relativity at the request of a student. Another photo carried Einstein’s signature and was estimated to have a value of six to eight thousand dollars. As a whole, the group of photographs was valued between seven and nine thousand.
Antiques Roadshow airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on PBS.
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