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  • Black man reading newspaper by candlelight

    Man reading a newspaper with headline, "Presidential Proclamation, Slavery," which refers to the Jan. 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. Painted by Stephens, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1824-1882.
  • First page of the Cleveland Gazette

    Weekly African-American newspaper from Cleveland, Ohio that includes local, state, and national news along with advertising.
  • First page of Palladium of Liberty

    The Palladium of Liberty was an early, short-lived, civil rights paper "devoted to the interests of the colored people generally". Editor David Jenkins established the paper in 1843 with a group of free blacks in the Columbus area. The paper had a strong antislavery stance and lent editorial support to the education of African-American children, temperance, moral reform, and the elective franchise. It was distributed throughout Ohio and eastern states but ceased publication by winter of 1844.
  • Eldridge Bernard, 11 yrs. old. Buster Smith, 6 yrs. Old.

    Eldridge Bernard, 11 yrs. old. Buster Smith, 6 yrs. Old. Route boys of Newark. Colored. Taken at 4 P.M. Location: Newark, New Jersey.
  • African American man holding newspaper

    Photograph shows man sitting in corner holding a newspaper with glasses resting on forehead.
  • Lew and Ben Snowden Playing Banjo and Fiddle

    Photograph of Lew and Ben Snowden playing banjo and fiddle from the second-story gable of the Snowden House in Clinton, Knox County, Ohio. This photograph was probably taken in the 1890s.
  • Printing office, T.N.I.I.

    Image of students at the Tuskegee Institute working in the printing office.