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Broadside offering reward for capture of George, Jefferson, Esther, and Amanda

The history of enslaved persons is often difficult to uncover. Printed material offering rewards for capture provide us with clues about individuals and their history. This broadside was created in Germantown, Kentucky, less than 20 miles from the Ohio border. It's likely that the enslaved were running to freedom across the Ohio River. Help us transcribe this broadside for the capture of four enslaved persons to increase our understanding of slavery in America.

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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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Ceremonies in Dark Old Men

Ceremonies in Dark Old Men is a play by Lonne Elder III that follows an African American family living in Harlem, New York during the 1950’s. The play was originally presented as a dramatic reading in 1965 and was produced by the Negro Ensemble Company and first performed at St. Mark’s Playhouse in 1969. The play was very successful and was the runner-up for the 1969 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Ceremonies in Dark Old Men was adopted into a television movie in 1975 and in 1958, the New York Times called the play a “contemporary classic.” Help us transcribe this galley proof of the script of Ceremonies in Dark Old Men and see why this play was such a success.

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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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Class photo album for a Booker T. Washington High School reunion, Tulsa, July 1978

Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington High School was founded in 1913. Located in the Greenwood neighborhood, the school served Tulsa’s African American population until it was desegregated in 1973. The school escaped destruction during the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and was used by the American Red Cross as the headquarters for relief activities in the aftermath of the Massacre. Help us transcribe these records to learn more about the resiliency of the Black community in Tulsa in the decades following the 1921 Race Massacre.

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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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