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Afro-American Historical Family Record

Afro-American Historical Family Record
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James M. Vickroy, 1847 - 1913
Historical Publishing Company, active c. 1899
Frederick Douglass, Feb 1818 - 20 Feb 1895
Judson Whitlocke Lyons, 1895 - 1905
Lucy Craft Laney, 13 Apr 1854 - 23 Oct 1933
Booker T. Washington, 5 Apr 1856 - 14 Nov 1915
Henry McNeal Turner, 1 Feb 1834 - 8 May 1915
Timothy Thomas Fortune, 3 Oct 1856 - 2 Jun 1928
John Mercer Langston, 14 Dec 1829 - 15 Nov 1897
Sissieretta Jones, 5 Jan 1868 - 24 Jun 1933
Hallie Quinn Brown, 10 Mar 1849 - 16 Sep 1949
Mary V. Cook, c. 1863 - c. 1940s
Ida Bell Wells-Barnett, 16 Jul 1862 - 25 Mar 1931
John Roy Lynch, 10 Sep 1847 - 2 Nov 1939
Henry Fitzbutler, 1842 - 1901
Lucius Henry Holsey, 3 Jul 1842 - 3 Aug 1920
Chromolithograph on paper
Sheet: 68.3 x 53.2cm (26 7/8 x 20 15/16")
Mat: 86.4 x 71.1cm (34 x 28")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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The Afro-American Historical Family Record is both a personal genealogical chart and a proud pictorial history of African American advancement. Beneath symbols of national government, vignettes of an antebellum slave auction, cotton picking, and poor schools and housing on the left are contrasted with postwar scenes of free communities, industrial jobs, and prosperous schools and homes on the right. The two scenes at the bottom depict black regiments serving in Cuba during the Spanish American War. But portraiture of specific individuals plays an important role as well. Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, educator Lucy C. Laney, and lawyer Judson Lyons are grouped with PresidentsWashington and Lincoln. Beneath the space designed for recording personal family records are ten more prominent educators, writers, editors, entertainers, and political and religious leaders, illustrating an impressive degree of accomplishment for the first post-slavery generation.
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National Portrait Gallery
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