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Free Negroes in the North, c.1880-90 (etching)

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Free Negroes in the North, c.1880-90 (etching)
Volck, Adalbert John (1828-1912) / German
Gilder Lehrman Collection, New York, USA
1880 AD - 1890 AD (C19th AD)
26X34.6 cms

The focal point of the sketch is a well-dressed white man who may be Henry Ward Beecher, a leader in the antislavery movement and pastor of a congregation in near Brooklyn, New York. Despite his finery, Beecher does not offer monetary help to the emaciated beggar clothed only in rags: he merely drops a religious "tract" to him with a gloved hand. On the other side of a fence, another white man looks through his purse to pay two grave robbers for a corpse. All of this is taking place on a street corner called "Lovely Lane," outside of an establishment with a sign above the door that reads, "Praise the Lord Bare Bones Colored Mens Home." Inside the building, all manner of debauchery and mayhem seems to be going on. Upstairs men and women are dancing and carousing while other women lean out the windows suggestively. A fight spills out the upstairs balcony.

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© Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History / Bridgeman Images
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