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Emancipation
The Presentation of a Gold Snuff Box to the Rev. R.J. Breckenridge, D.D. Baltimore, 1846

This lithograph celebrates the advocacy efforts of the Reverend Robert Jefferson Breckenridge, a lawyer, politician, and minister. He was an outspoken advocate of emancipation in the pro-slavery state of Maryland. An overflow, well-dressed crowd witnesses the presentation. The print was copyrighted by the Reverend Daniel A. Payne, later a bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and a president of Wilberforce University. Apart from the important historical context for this print, it also documents women's millinery apparel. The variety of decorations on the bonnets worn by the women of the congregation is quite stunning.

Purchased on the Ahmanson Foundation Fund
March 2004

 

 


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