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NHD at NMAAHC 2018 - Conflict and Compromise in History: Free People of Color in Antebellum America Making A Way Out of No Way

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Welcome to the National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection Grid for our 2018 NHD theme book article: "Conflict and Compromise: Free People of Color in Antebellum America Making A Way Out of No Way." 

Below are some objects and images to help you explore the lives and consider the perspective of free African Americans during the Antebellum Era. These objects may help you form an idea for a project topic or they may help to expand the narrative of your selected project.

Click on the information icon to learn more about the history or archival information of the objects and images.

Click on the paperclip icon for examples of project connections, close reading activities, and selected focuses to highlight interesting aspects of an object or image.

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Servants at a Pump

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Phillis Wheatley

National Portrait Gallery

Receipt for payment to Jack Little for his service in the Continental Army

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Ledger of supply costs for eleven Revolutionary War soldiers

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Banneker’s Almanack and Ephemeris for the Year of Our Lord, 1793

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Olaudah Equiano

National Portrait Gallery

Masonic apron from the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Chair from the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Absalom Jones

National Portrait Gallery

Portrait of John Westwood

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Money box used by Bishop Richard Allen

National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Close of the Battle or the Champion Triumphant

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Teapot made by Peter Bentzon

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Mrs. Nancy Lawson, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Indenture of servitude, indenturing Amy Menice

Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Freedom papers and handmade tin carrying box belonging to Joseph Trammell

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Bishop Richard Allen

National Portrait Gallery

Manumission paper for Matilda and Cassandra Derickson

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Daguerreotype of a young woman

National Museum of African American History and Culture

A Window, House on Hudson River, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Mary Lincoln's Dress

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Free Negroes in the North

National Portrait Gallery

Creamer

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Theatre poster featuring Ira Aldridge performing in Lovers of Bourbon

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Ira Aldridge as Othello

National Portrait Gallery

My Bondage and My Freedom

National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Liberator Vol. VII, No. 9

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Biddy Mason's Home of the Open Hand, (sculpture)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

"Gold Washers" Snuff Box

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Cabinet card of Sojourner Truth

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Edmonia Lewis

National Portrait Gallery

Tintype of Creed Miller with star-shaped military identification pin

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne

National Portrait Gallery

Ambrotype of African American Woman with Flag

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center