Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Black History Month, Fifteenth Amendment

The Fifteenth Amendment, REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-22396, Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division,TITLE: The Fifteenth Amendment and its results / drawn by G.F. Kahl., CALL NUMBER: PGA - Sachse--Fifteenth Amendment... (D size) [P and P], REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-22396 (b and w film copy neg.
Digital ID: cph 3a23479 Source: b&w film copy neg. Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-22396 (b&w film copy neg.) Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA Retrieve uncompressed archival TIFF version (1,917 kilobytes)

SUMMARY: Another of several large prints commemorating the celebration in Baltimore of the enactment of the Fifteenth Amendment. (See also nos. 1870-2 and 1870-3.) A group of black men, on horseback and wearing top hats, sashes, and badges, lead a procession. Behind them follow black soldiers and others carrying American flags and banners with portraits of an Indian brave, a black military officer, and Liberty. A small float with a crowned woman under a canopy also follows.

On either side of the picture are two columns, "Education" and "Science," on top of which rest ballot boxes wreathed in oak leaves. The columns are connected by arches with the legend "The Right of Citizens of the United States to Vote Shall Not Be Denied or Abridged by the United States or Any State on Account of Race Color or Condition of Servitude." At left, beside the "Education" column, is a classroom scene where a black man teaches two black children geography.

Below this scene is a bust portrait of Frederick Douglass. At right, near the "Science" column, are two black men at work. One, a stonemason, carves a large column. The other, a smith, stands at his anvil. Below this scene is a bust portrait of Mississipi senator Hiram R. Revels. The upper register of the print features portraits of white benefactors.

In the center is an oval portrait of Lincoln, framed in oak leaves. It is decorated with an eagle and American flags, and flanked by seated figures of History or Learning (left) and Columbia or Liberty (right) with a shield, Phrygian cap, and sword. At the far left are busts of President Ulysses S. Grant and Vice President Schuyler Colfax, and at far right busts of abolitionist martyr John Brown and Baltimore jurist Hugh Lenox Bond.

MEDIUM: 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 50.4 x 59.5 cm., CREATED , PUBLISHED: [Baltimore] : Lith. by E. Sachse & Co., 5 N. Liberty St., Balto., c1870., CREATOR: E. Sachse & Co., lithographer.

NOTES: Title from item., Printed below title: "Respectfully dedicated to the colored Citizens of the U.S. of America A.D. 1870. by Schneider & Fuchs. 184 N. Eutaw St. Baltimore Md.", "Entered ... 1870 by Schneider & Fuchs ...", Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1870-6.

Publication and other forms of distribution: Most of the images in this collection were published before 1923 and are therefore in the public domain. A few images were published after this date and may be restricted by copyright.

Works published prior to 1978 were copyright protected for a maximum of 75 years. See Circular 1 "COPYRIGHT BASICS" from the U.S. Copyright Office. Works published works before 1923 are now in the public domain.

REPOSITORY: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, DIGITAL ID: (b&w film copy neg.) cph 3a23479, CARD #: 2003690774

Credit Line: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-USZ62-90145]

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