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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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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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Cathrell Collection

Part of the music domain includes nightlife and nightclubs, which were often the centerpiece of musical life during the first half of the twentieth century. Sisters Laura “Laurie” Cathrell and Sally J. Cathrell Jr. were both involved in New York’s nightlife scene, one as a showgirl and the other as a publisher of magazines featuring famous musicians and dancers of the time. Laurie performed in many famous nightclubs throughout America including Club Plantation and the Cotton Club. She is featured in many of the photographs and magazines of this collection. Sally followed in the footsteps of their parents, and made a career in publishing and created “The Show-Down” magazine, which was devoted to nightclub life and entertainment. In volume 1, number 1, “The Showdown” magazine is described as "a monthly publication, which caters to theatricals exclusively." The magazine featured night club reviews, show reviews, and features on performers. The magazine mainly covered New York, Indianapolis, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, and St. Louis. Help us transcribe the photographs, magazines, and programs and discover the many famous musicians and dancers featured.

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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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Christmas Dinner Program for the 2nd Squadron 10th Cavalry at West Point

The Tenth Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army was one of the first “Buffalo Soldier” regiments post-Civil War. In 1938 the Second Squadron of the Tenth Cavalry, led by Major Marion Caron, gathered together at West Point for a Christmas banquet. Help us transcribe the program to learn who the members of the Second Squadron were, as well as what they ate for their Christmas meal.

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Collection box of the Rhode Island Anti-Slavery Society owned by the Garrison family

This cardboard coin collection box was produced by the Rhode Island Anti-Slavery Society. The Society was organized in 1833 and active through the 1850s. The box has a tableau on the front of an enslaved person in chains on his knees surrounded by implements of bondage. Help us transcribe this box showing the important work done by the Abolition societies.

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