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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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Gerrit Smith: Male
Gerrit Smith: Literature\Writer
Gerrit Smith: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Social reformer
Gerrit Smith: Society and Social Change\Philanthropist
Gerrit Smith: Politics and Government\US Congressman\New York
Gerrit Smith: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Abolitionist
Gerrit Smith: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Temperance
Frederick Douglass: Male
Frederick Douglass: Literature\Writer
Frederick Douglass: Education and Scholarship\Educator\Lecturer
Frederick Douglass: Journalism and Media\Newspaper publisher
Frederick Douglass: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Minister
Frederick Douglass: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Abolitionist
Frederick Douglass: Society and Social Change\Enslaved person
Emily Catherine Edmonson: Female
Emily Catherine Edmonson: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Abolitionist
Mary Edmonson: Female
Mary Edmonson: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Abolitionist
Theodosia Gilbert Chaplin: Female
Theodosia Gilbert Chaplin: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Abolitionist
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Owner: Mr. & Mrs. Set Charles Momjian

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In 1850, as Congress debated the harsh new Fugitive Slave Law, more than two thousand people heeded the call of abolitionist Gerrit Smith (standing, center) to meet in Cazenovia, New York, and protest the impending legislation. Among the participants were Emily and Mary Edmondson (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, Ezra Greenleaf Weld, made this image.
En 1850, mientras el Congreso debatía la nueva y severa Ley de Esclavos Fugitivos, más de 2,000 personas respondieron a la convocatoria de Gerri Smith (centro, de pie) para reunirse en Cazenovia, Nueva York, a protestar por la aprobación inminente de la ley. Entre los participantes estaban Emily y Mary Edmondson (con chales a cuadros), cuya libertad había sido comprada por abolicionistas en 1848, y Frederick Douglass (sentado, centro derecha), quien presidió la convención. En el segundo día, el numeroso público se mudó del sitio de reunión original, en una iglesia, a un huerto cercano. Allí, Ezra Greenleaf Weld, daguerrotipista local, captó esta imagen.
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Catalog of American Portraits