James Randall took and collected photos of Black Charleston, preserving an important piece of the city's history. His mentor was fellow photographer E.T. DuMetz. As a writer, Randall scripted a regular history feature in the WV Beacon Digest, and was the author of two local history books - The Way We Were: Garnet High School 1900-1956 and Black Past with Anna Gilmer. Randall presented KCPL with a gift of nearly 200 photos from his collection.