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Artist:
Ezra Greenleaf Weld, 1801 - 1874  Search this
Sitter:
Frederick Douglass, Feb 1818 - 20 Feb 1895  Search this
Gerrit Smith, 6 Mar 1797 - 28 Dec 1874  Search this
Emily Catherine Edmonson, 1835 - 1895  Search this
Mary Edmonson, 1832 - 1853  Search this
Theodosia Gilbert Chaplin, 1819 - 1855  Search this
Medium:
Half-plate copy daguerreotype
Dimensions:
Image: 11.2 x 9.8 cm (4 7/16 x 3 7/8")
Case Open: 15.2 x 24.4 x 1.3 cm (6 x 9 5/8 x 1/2")
Culture:
Frederick Douglass: American\African American  Search this
Emily Catherine Edmonson: American\African American  Search this
Mary Edmonson: American\African American  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1850
Exhibition Label:
In 1850, as Congress considered passage of a harsh new Fugitive Slave Law, more than 2,000 people heeded the call of abolitionist Gerrit Smith (standing, center) to meet in Cazenovia, New York, and protest the impending legislation. Among the nearly fifty escaped slaves to participate were Emily and Mary Edmonson (in plaid shawls), whose freedom had been purchased by abolitionists in 1848, and Frederick Douglass (seated, center right), who served as the convention's presiding officer. On the gathering's second day, the overflowing crowd moved from its initial meeting place in a church to a nearby orchard. There, a local daguerreotypist made this extraordinary record of the convention.
Topic:
Exterior  Search this
Cased object  Search this
Gerrit Smith: Male  Search this
Gerrit Smith: Literature\Writer  Search this
Gerrit Smith: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Social Reformer  Search this
Gerrit Smith: Society and Social Change\Philanthropist  Search this
Gerrit Smith: Politics and Government\US Congressman\New York  Search this
Gerrit Smith: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Abolitionist  Search this
Gerrit Smith: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Temperance  Search this
Frederick Douglass: Male  Search this
Frederick Douglass: Literature\Writer  Search this
Frederick Douglass: Education\Educator\Lecturer  Search this
Frederick Douglass: Communications\Publisher\Newspaper  Search this
Frederick Douglass: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Minister  Search this
Frederick Douglass: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Abolitionist  Search this
Frederick Douglass: Society and Social Change\Enslaved person  Search this
Emily Catherine Edmonson: Female  Search this
Emily Catherine Edmonson: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Abolitionist  Search this
Mary Edmonson: Female  Search this
Mary Edmonson: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Abolitionist  Search this
Theodosia Gilbert Chaplin: Female  Search this
Theodosia Gilbert Chaplin: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Abolitionist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Mr. & Mrs. Set Charles Momjian
Object number:
L/NPG.19.95
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Exhibition:
Women of Progress: Early Camera Portraits
On View:
NPG, East Gallery 134
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_L_NPG.19.95