Case Open: 15.2 x 24.4 x 1.3 cm (6 x 9 5/8 x 1/2")
Owner: Mr. & Mrs. Set Charles Momjian
Frederick Douglass: American\African American
Emily Catherine Edmonson: American\African American
Mary Edmonson: American\African American
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.