These are the faces of the rising number of Black gun owners in the U.S.
Black gun ownership in America dates back to before the country's founding.
Firearms helped aid Nat Turner's rebellion against white enslavers.
Harriet Tubman famously carried her pistol along the Underground Railroad.
Civil rights leaders felt it was necessary to arm themselves against potential racial violence: from journalist Ida B. Wells insisting that every Black home be equipped with a Winchester rifle ... to Martin Luther King, Jr. trying to obtain a concealed carry license.
And in recent years, more Black Americans are buying guns.
Chicago-based photographer Christian Lee wanted to...