African American Portraits 1820 to 1920

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Historical portraits from our African American Perspectives Collection, comprised of items from the African American Pamphlet Collection and the Daniel A.P. Murray Collection in our Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

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 The National Baptist Magazine. : National Baptist Publishing Board, From the African American Perspectives Collection in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress. Article On Women, The Spanish American War, Library Of Congress, Black History, Division, Nashville, Famous People, Perspective, Christmas Ideas

Image 11 of The National Baptist magazine. November and December, 1899.

A publication of black Baptist churches in the US and the world, containing: publications of the National Baptist Publishing Board, articles on women in religious and benevolent societies, a first-hand account of the Spanish-American War in Cuba, foreign missions in Africa, statistics of the Negro Baptist Church in the U.S. and the world, etc.

George T. The National Baptist Magazine. : National Baptist Publishing Board, From the African American Perspectives Collection in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress. Article On Women, The Spanish American War, Library Of Congress, Black History, Division, Nashville, African, Portraits, Content

Image 12 of The National Baptist magazine. November and December, 1899.

A publication of black Baptist churches in the US and the world, containing: publications of the National Baptist Publishing Board, articles on women in religious and benevolent societies, a first-hand account of the Spanish-American War in Cuba, foreign missions in Africa, statistics of the Negro Baptist Church in the U.S. and the world, etc.

Mossell, N. - Little Dansie's One Day at Sabbath School. [Philadelphia : The Penn Printing and Publishing Co., From the African American Perspectives Collection in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress. Library Of Congress, Sabbath, School Teacher, Black History, Division, Philadelphia, Perspective, Printing, African

Image 4 of Little Dansie's one day at Sabbath school.

A little girl is fatally injured trying to pull her Sabbath school teacher from the path of an oncoming train. A didactic short story designed to teach the virtues of patience and loving sacrifice to children.

Image 1 of Daniel Murray Pamphlet Collection copy Web Dubois, January 9th, Frederick Douglass, Booker T, War Photography, Library Of Congress, Black History Month, African Americans, African American History

Image 1 of Daniel Murray Pamphlet Collection copy

Speech by an agitated Douglass about the so-called "negro problem" in the South. He is pessimistic about prospects for overcoming racial prejudice among southern whites and for securing full legal equality for southern blacks. The solution to the "negro problem" is liberty and full equality for African Americans.

Image 6 of Idle moments, containing Emancipation and other poems by D. Webster Davis : with an introduction by Hon. John H. Smythe, L. African American Poets, African Americans, Short Poems, My Poetry, Library Of Congress, Black History, Baltimore, Division, Lesson Plans

Image 6 of Idle moments, containing Emancipation and other poems by D. Webster Davis : with an introduction by Hon. John H. Smythe, L.L.B., ex-U.S. Minister to Liberia.

Webster was an African American poet from Richmond, Va. Here are several short poems or selections from poems that are humorous or didactic or that contain reminiscences. Subjects range from sketches of childhood to emancipation.

Taylor, an African American Baptist minister and a prominent Republican, uses both "science" and the Bible to explore the creation and structure of the earth and to locate a possible Hell in earth's molten interior. Structure Of The Earth, African American Genealogy, Library Of Congress, Black History, Baltimore, Division, Perspective, Printer, Bible

Image 3 of Daniel Murray Pamphlet Collection copy

Taylor, an African American Baptist minister and a prominent Republican, uses both "science" and the Bible to explore the creation and structure of the earth and to locate a possible Hell in earth's molten interior.

Testimonial to Hon. George H. White at Metropolitan A. George Henry, Daily Record, Library Of Congress, African American History, Civil Rights, Black History, Division, Old Photos, Washington

Testimonial to Hon. George H. White at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, Friday evening, March 22, 1901.

The program of a testimonial to White, an African American Congressman from North Carolina, by the black citizens of Washington, D.C.

Reverend John A. Presbyterianism and the Negro, Franklinton, N.: Franklinton Printing Co., From the African American Perspectives Collection in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress. Library Of Congress, Black History, Division, Savage, Vintage Photos, Birth, Printing, African, Portraits

Image 2 of Presbyterianism and the Negro

The role and the state of the Presbyterian Church in the South since the Civil War. Savage also talks about the work of the "Board of Missions for Freemen" and its efforts to minister unto and to educate African Americans.

Image 3 of Complimentary dinner to Hon. Edward H. Morris of Chicago, Illinois : Saturday, January Odd-Fellows' Hall, Washington, D. Illinois State, Chicago Illinois, Odd Fellows, Civil Rights Activists, Booker T, Library Of Congress, Black History, Division, Book Lovers

Image 3 of Complimentary dinner to Hon. Edward H. Morris of Chicago, Illinois : Saturday, 9th January 1904, Odd-Fellows' Hall, Washington, D.C.

Contains only the dinner menu and list of guests, who come from as far away as Florida and Wyoming. Morris was a famed African American criminal lawyer in Chicago who at the time was in his second term in the Illinois state legislature.

Reverend John M. Was Richard Allen Great?, From the African American Perspectives Collection in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress. African American Genealogy, African American Books, Library Of Congress, Black History, Division, Philadelphia, Christianity, Birth, Spirituality

Image 1 of Was Richard Allen great?

Richard Allen was born a slave in Philadelphia. Palmer, pastor of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in Philadelphia, discusses his character and qualities as a slave, his conversion to Christianity, and the role he played in forwarding the A.M.E. Church.

Image 4 of A noble life : memorial souvenir of Rev. Price, D. African American Genealogy, African American Books, Social Networks, Social Media, George Clinton, The Orator, Library Of Congress, Civil Rights, Black History

Image 4 of A noble life : memorial souvenir of Rev. Jos. C. Price, D.D.

Rowe, an African American minister, offers a panegyric in the form of a poem to Joseph C. Price, deceased president of Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C.

, From the African American Perspectives Collection in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress. African American Poets, African American Genealogy, James Thomas, Frederick Douglass, Library Of Congress, Black History, Memphis, Division, Birth

Image 4 of Jessamine poems

Franklin was an African American poet writing for the Paris World's Fair. He gives here several poems on a wide variety of subjects, all purely literary and artistic, including one on the death of Frederick Douglass.

Smalls, Robert, Speeches at the Constitutional Convention. Charleston, S., From the African American Perspectives Collection in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress. African American Genealogy, African American History, Interracial Marriage, Library Of Congress, Black History, Division, Charleston, Birth, Portraits

Image 3 of Speeches at the Constitutional Convention

Smalls was an African American delegate to the South Carolina constitutional convention of 1895. He argued against proposed restrictions on the franchise and against discriminatory provisions on miscegenation and interracial marriages, but lost.

Image 35 of Thirty-fifth annual report of the Board of Managers of the Home for Aged and Infirm Colored Persons, S. Girard and Belmont Aves. Mary Mcdonald, Shakespeare Plays, Gilded Age, Philadelphia Pa, Library Of Congress, African American History, Rhode Island, Black History, Newport

Image 35 of Thirty-fifth annual report of the Board of Managers of the Home for Aged and Infirm Colored Persons, S.W. cor. Girard and Belmont Aves., read at a meeting held sixth month (June) 15th, 1899.

Report of annual activities and a brief account of the history of the home.

Image 7 of Thirty-fifth annual report of the Board of Managers of the Home for Aged and Infirm Colored Persons, S. Girard and Belmont Aves. African American Genealogy, America 2, Philadelphia Pa, Library Of Congress, Black History, Division, Portraits, Content, Collections

Image 7 of Thirty-fifth annual report of the Board of Managers of the Home for Aged and Infirm Colored Persons, S.W. cor. Girard and Belmont Aves., read at a meeting held sixth month (June) 15th, 1899.

Report of annual activities and a brief account of the history of the home.

Image 4 of In memoriam of the late Rev. Alex Crummell, D. of Washington, D. : an address delivered before the American Negro Historical Society of Philadelphia African American Genealogy, African American History, Library Of Congress, Historical Society, Black History, Division, Philadelphia, Finance, Washington

Image 4 of In memoriam of the late Rev. Alex Crummell, D.D. of Washington, D.C. : an address delivered before the American Negro Historical Society of Philadelphia

A memorial address in honor of Alexander Crummell, eminent clergyman of the Protestant Episcopal Church. Adams lauds Crummell for his defence of African American character; Phillips reviews Crummell's life, including Crummell's struggle to gain admission to a seminary and his founding of St. Luke's Protestant Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.