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African American Union Soldier

African American Union Soldier

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Sergeant Nimrod Burke (1836-1914), Company F, 23rd U.S. Colored Infantry, a Virginia-born scout during the Civil War.

African American Union Soldier with family

African American Union Soldier with family

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Photograph of an African American soldier, thought to be Sergeant Samuel Smith of the 119th U.S. Colored Infantry, his wife Molle and their daughters Mary and Maggie.

Am I Not a Man and a Brother?

Am I Not a Man and a Brother?

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A popular antislavery image among abolitionists in Great Britain and North America, based on a 1787 medallion designed by Josiah Wedgwood.

American Slavery

American Slavery

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Illustration from 1841 portaying an idealized vision of American slavery.

Anti-Slavery Almanac

Anti-Slavery Almanac

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Illustrations of slavery from the American Anti-Slavery Almanac, 1840.

Boston Massacre

Boston Massacre

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Painting of British soldiers shooting Crispus Attucks, an African American, during the Boston Massacre, March 5th, 1770.

Cotton Plantation

Cotton Plantation

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Painting of slaves working on a cotton plantation, 1832-4.

Ellen Craft

Ellen Craft

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Portrait of Ellen Craft in the male attire she donned for her and her husband’s 1848 escape on the frontispiece to Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom (1860).

Emancipation Day

Emancipation Day

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Photograph of Emancipation Day, Richmond, Virginia, 1905

Frances Harper
Frances Harper

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Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

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Harriet Jacobs

Harriet Jacobs

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Harriet Jacobs reward notice

Harriet Jacobs reward notice

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Jim Crow

Jim Crow

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Caricature etching of "Jim Crow" from 1835.

Letter from Harriet Jacobs to Amy Post

Letter from Harriet Jacobs to Amy Post 1

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Extract of a letter, ca. 1852, from Harriet Jacobs to Amy Kirby Post (1802-1889), in which Jacobs reflects on Post᾿s "proposal" that Jacobs write her autobiography.

Letter from Harriet Jacobs to Amy Post

Letter from Harriet Jacobs to Amy Post 2

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Extract of a letter, ca. 1852, from Harriet Jacobs to Amy Kirby Post (1802-1889), in which Jacobs reflects on Post᾿s "proposal" that Jacobs write her autobiography.

Map of the Underground Railroad

Map of the Underground Railroad

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Photograph of an Underground Railroad map of the U.S., ca. 1838-1860.

Martin R. Delany

Martin R. Delany

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Middle Passage

Middle Passage

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Engraving of the "stowage" of a British slave ship Brookes designed to transport 454 enslaved Africans through the Middle Passage to the Western Hemisphere in the late eighteenth century.

Olaudah Equiano

Olaudah Equiano

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Portrait of Olaudah Equiano on the frontispiece to the 8th edition of The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African (1794).

Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley

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Etching of an ink portrait of Phillis Wheatley by African American painter Scipio Moorhead (fl. 1773) on the frontispiece to Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (1773).

Slave Deck

Slave Deck

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Painting of the slave deck of the HMS Albatross, 1840.

Slave Restraints

Slave Restraints

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Illustration of mask, leg shackles, and spurs used to restrain slaves during the 1800s.

Slave Shanty

Slave Shanty

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Wood engraving of a slave shanty near Petersburg, Virginia, 1864.

Slave Uprising

Slave Uprising

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Illustration of the slave revolt aboard the Amistad, 1839.

Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth

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Solomon Northup

Solomon Northup

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William Wells Brown

William Wells Brown

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"We will prove ourselves men"

"We will prove ourselves men"

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Drawing of African American Union soldier for the 127th Regt. U.S. Colored Troops.