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Frederick Douglass with the Edmonson Sisters at Fugitive Slave Law Convention, Cazenovia, New York

Ezra Greenleaf Weld, 26 Oct 1801 - 14 Oct 1874
Frederick Douglass, Feb 1818 - 20 Feb 1895
Gerrit Smith, 6 Mar 1797 - 28 Dec 1874
Emily Catherine Edmonson, 1835 - 1895
Mary Edmonson, 1832 - 1853
Theodosia Gilbert Chaplin, 1819 - 1855
Half-plate copy daguerreotype
Image: 11.2 x 9.8 cm (4 7/16 x 3 7/8")
Case Open: 15.2 x 24.4 x 1.3 cm (6 x 9 5/8 x 1/2")
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Owner: Mr. & Mrs. Set Charles Momjian

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In 1850, as Congress considered passage of a harsh new Fugitive Slave Law, more than 2,000 people heeded the call of abolitionist Gerrit Smith (standing, center) to meet in Cazenovia, New York, and protest the impending legislation. Among the nearly fifty escaped slaves to participate were Emily and Mary Edmonson (in plaid shawls), whose freedom had been purchased by abolitionists in 1848, and Frederick Douglass (seated, center right), who served as the convention's presiding officer. On the gathering's second day, the overflowing crowd moved from its initial meeting place in a church to a nearby orchard. There, a local daguerreotypist made this extraordinary record of the convention.
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Catalog of American Portraits
Women of Progress: Early Camera Portraits
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NPG, East Gallery 134