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Broadside for "Men of Color" Recruitment

Frederick Douglass was born in 1808 as Frederick August Washington Bailey, the son of an enslaved woman and possibly her white enslaver in Maryland. Douglass emancipated himself at the age of 20. Over the course of his life, he shared his experiences of enslavement in three autobiographies. Douglass was a leader of the abolition movement, fighting against slavery through speeches and writings. He passed away in 1874 at his home in Washington D.C. In June 1863, the Union Army authorized the recruitment of African Americans to fight in the Civil War. Citizens of Philadelphia held a convention to promote enlistment. Luminaries of abolition including Anna E. Dickenson and W.D. Kelley joined the great orator Frederick Douglass at the convention. Douglass joined fifty-three local leaders in signing this call-to-arms. African Americans ratified the over sized document to endorse enrollment. Help us transcribe the resulting text found on this broadside.

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Broadside for Kairrissah

Broadside posters were made to advertise events. Put up one week, by the next week they were often torn down or covered up with another poster. However, those that were saved for posterity often provide us with a glimpse into everyday life in the past. Theater posters provide us with information about the shows, the actors, and the audience. This broadside for the Front-Street Theater in Baltimore advertises the 1834 production of Kairrissah. Help us transcribe this document to not only learn about the production, but about segregation in Baltimore in the 1830s.

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Broadside for Out of Bondage, 1876

Broadside posters were made to advertise events. Put up one week, by the next week they were often torn down or covered up with another poster. However, those that were saved for posterity often provide us with a glimpse into everyday life in the past. Theater posters provide us with information about the shows, the actors, and the audience. Help us transcribe this broadside for Out of Bondage, produced by the Hyers Sisters, the first black women to gain success on the American stage.

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Brochure announcing the partnership Freelon/Bond Architects

This brochure announces the partnership between the Freelon Group and Davis Brody Bond to create Freelon/Bond. This partnership was to plan and design the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Learn about the collaboration and expertise of this group by transcribing this document.

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Cassius Clay vs. Sonny Liston Heavyweight Title Press Kit

On February 25, 1964, Cassius Clay won the world heavyweight crown in Miami with a technical knockout over Sonny Liston in Miami, Fl. These documents are from an original press kit from the Clay v. Liston heavyweight title bout and serve as an illustration of a crucial turning point in American sports history - one that touches on issues of civil rights, religion, and racial identity.

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Cast List for Shearer Summer Theater's Production of Cooling Waters, 1948

Martha’s Vineyard is known for its leisure activities and summers. From the 1940s to the 1980s, the Shearer Summer Theater, an African American theater company, produced shows for locals and tourists alike. The Shearer Summer Theater was the brainchild of Elizabeth “Liz” White, a dresser on Broadway, who directed, and even bought a two story house to act as the stage in the 1950s for the plays. Help us transcribe this cast list from a from the Shearer Summer Theater’s production of Cooling Waters.

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Cast list for the Shearer Players' Production of Angel Street, 1951

Martha’s Vineyard is known for its leisure activities and summers. From the 1940s to the 1980s, the Shearer Summer Theater, an African American theater company, produced shows for locals and tourists alike. The Shearer Summer Theater was the brainchild of Elizabeth “Liz” White, a dresser on Broadway, who directed, and even bought a two story house to act as the stage in the 1950s for the plays. Help us transcribe this cast list from a from the Shearer Summer Theater’s production of Angel Street.

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Catalogue of the Hampton Institute, 1886-87

In 1871, Hampton Institute graduated its first class comprised of five women and fourteen men. Between 1871 and 1887 the sizes of the graduating classes at Hampton continued to grow. Listed here are the names of the students at Hampton during the 1886-87 school year. Help us transcribe this yearbook and learn more about the faculty, students, and the types of courses students enrolled in during the late nineteenth century.

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Certificate for French Croix de Guerre medal issued to Cpl. Lawrence L. McVey

Corporal Lawrence McVey served during World War I in the 369th Infantry Regiment, better known as the “Harlem Hellfighters.” Due to racial tension within the US Army, the 369th Infantry Regiment was assigned to the French Army for the duration of US involvement in World War I. Formed from the 15th New York National Guard, the 369th was the first African American regiment to reach the battlefields of France and one of the first American units to reach the banks of the Rhine River. The 369th spent more days in front-line trenches than any other American regiment in the war. Corporal McVey, who served for the entirety of the war, was awarded the French Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his bravery in action while leading an attack on a machine-gun nest during the fight at Séchault on September 29, 1918. Help us transcribe this important document that highlights the vital role African Americans played during World War I.

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Certificate of baptism signed by Rev. Volley V. K. Stokes

Reverend Volley V.K. Stokes was a pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Baltimore for 30 years. Trinity Baptist Church was founded in 1888 and was home to the first meeting for the Baptist Minister's Conference of Baltimore. Help us transcribe this baptism certificate from the church, which was signed by Rev. Volley V.K. Stokes.

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