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Hampton Classes, 1871-1898

In 1871, Hampton Institute graduated its first class comprised of five women and fourteen men. Between 1871 and 1898 the sizes of the graduating classes at Hampton continued to grow. Listed here are the names of every person to graduate from Hampton Institute between 1871 and 1898. Included in this reference book are two of Hampton’s most famous alumni: Booker T. Washington (founder of Tuskegee Institute) and Robert Sengstacke Abbott (founder of the Chicago Defender). Help us transcribe this book and let us know if you find any other notable alumni on its pages.

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Handbill advertising a punch card event at A.M.E. Zion Church Stony Brook

The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church was established in 1821, when African American members of the congregation of John Street Methodist Church in Harlem, New York, left due to racial segregation. Harriett Tubman and Frederick Douglass were both members of the A.M.E. Zion Church, which served as a place of refuge on the Underground Railroad. Today, the church operates multiple churches, two junior colleges, and Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. The church has often been used as a gathering for friends and family. This handbill is an advertisement for a benefit event at the A.M.E. Zion Church in Stony Brook, New York. Help us transcribe and discover what activities they participated in.

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Handbill for a performance by the Fisk Jubilee Singers

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. The Fisk Jubilee Singers were an African American a capella ensemble established at Fisk University in 1871, known for singing spirituals. In 2002, the Library of Congress honored their 1909 recording of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" by adding it in the United States National Recording Registry. The song on this handbill was written by Frederick Douglass while he was enslaved. The other side of the handbill has a letter from Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, about how much he enjoyed the Singers' performances. Help us transcribe this handbill and learn more about music's importance in America's history.

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Handwritten notes for a speech by Harold Williams as NOMA president

Harold L. Williams (1924 - 2015) was a distinguished architect based out of Southern California. Williams wanted to develop a sense of community among African American architects so he was one of the founders of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) in 1971. Williams gave this speech while serving as president of NOMA. Transcribe this speech to learn about the development and work of this group.

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How Hebrews Became Jews

Although born in Panama, Jose V. Malcioln traced his ancestors to a Moroccan Hebrew king. His faith led him to publish this pamphlet on the history of the Hebrew people and to demonstrate that race is not a deterrent to kinship among the faith. Malcioln views the Jewish people as a family and when one sect has a lower status, it brings down the entire group. This pamphlet includes short essays by Malcioln and photographs of the Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation in Harlem, New York, taken by Lloyd Yearwood. Help us transcribe this text and learn about an often unknown but dedicated sect of Judaism.

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Invitation to a hat rally at Macedonia Baptist Church

In 1872, a Sunday School was started in a stable in Baltimore, Maryland. A group of worshipers formed and the stable was remodeled to add floors and seats. The first formal church meeting was held in September 1874. The congregation was racially diverse, as it included a number of invited white Baptists. A few months later, a council approved the worshipers' mission of becoming a church. Take a night off and join the Ladies Missionary Society of Macedonia Baptist Church at their Hat Rally! Help us transcribe this advertisement for the event.

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Itinerary for Col. Charles Young's trip from Wilberforce, OH to Washington, DC

During World War One, the African American military experience was one of complexity. America entered the conflict to ensure that democracy would be safe in the world. However, for African Americans democracy at home was not guaranteed. Racism and segregation were rampant throughout the country and fighting for democracy abroad, while still feeling the sting of social, economic, and cultural discrimination was a hypocrisy many struggled with. Despite this sentiment, many African American men and women believed it was their patriotic duty to serve the war effort in some capacity. One of these young men was Sergeant Oscar W. Price. This series of letters between Price and his mentor, Colonel Charles Young, contain content of a seasoned officer advising and supporting a younger man in the military whom he considered a dear friend.

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James Baldwin Collection

James Baldwin (1924-1987) spent most of his life speaking out on the issues of race relations and racial discrimination in America. Through numerous bestselling novels, plays, and essays written during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, Baldwin addressed themes of racial and sexual oppression by connecting many of his personal experiences to national and international issues. Although Baldwin spent the bulk of his career living and working in Europe, mainly France and Turkey, he often returned to the United States to take part in events surrounding the American Civil Rights Movement. Help us transcribe the personal objects and letters in this collection that document Baldwin’s life as an expatriate writer and activist in the second half of the twentieth century.

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James Brown Guitar

This Epiphone guitar owned by James Brown is signed on all four sides and features messages of praise, thanks, and birthday wishes by notable people including Casey Kasem and Ozzy Osbourne. Transcription of the messages and signatures on Brown’s guitar will help Museum staff update their records with a list of all of the artists that signed the guitar and will allow interested researchers to more easily locate information about this iconic artist. We hope you enjoy transcribing this object and we can’t wait to find out who else left messages for James Brown! Please indicate basic location information- ex. [front, top], [right side, bottom], etc. Don’t worry if messages are duplicated in the photos. Transcribe what you will see and we will clean it up on our end! Example: Front, Top: Howie H More than music to the man (Mr. James Brown) Happy B and many more!

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James Brown Live!

At age 72, James Brown performed in concert at the Yun Feng Theater in Shanghai. This is the first time that NMAAHC is posting a foreign language object to be transcribed and we hope you can help us! Please transcribe the Chinese characters as they appear on the poster, and if you’re able to translate, feel free to do so in the notes field of the project pages.

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