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Historical Essay

Benjamin Butts (1853-1930)

One Man's Journey from Slavery to Madison Business Owner to State Assembly Staff Member

Learn about a freed slave's intriguing story as a barber serving Wisconsin's prominent politicians, and as a well-known, beloved face in the capital city.

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Description: View of a white man reclining in a pole strung hammock, pith helmet by his side. The hammock pole is being carried by two Africans and savannah is visible...

Book or Pamphlet

March of the Slaves

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Description: Two illustrations depicting the capture by Europeans of Africans who were taken away on ships to be slaves. The caption is in French.

Date: 1955-08 

Description: A community leadership workshop session, August-September, at Highlander Folk School. Elizabeth Brinkman, Germany, in background in a flower dress; obscure...

Date: 1928-09-10 

Description: Men on elephants near an International Special Delivery truck at the "Mission in Buta" in the Belgian Congo. Most of the men ride on elephants while one s...

Date: 1927-03-23 

Description: Ensemble of diggings at Ali Bacha. View looking downhill towards three men working on an archaeological excavation in Algeria, Africa. On the left an indig...

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: Hand-colored lantern slide of two men and two women carrying packs. One of the women and one of the men are squatting on the ground. All four are naked abo...

Date: 1954-04-26 

Description: Portrait of Mabel and Ebenezer Iwuagwu of Owerri, Nigeria dressed in Nigerian garb worn on special occasions. They were reunited after five years apart. Eb...

Poster

SNCC poster

Date:  date unknown

Description: Student Nonviolence Coordinating Committee (SNCC) poster featuring an African man and child on red background.

Date: 1958-10-21 

Description: Representatives of overseas students' organizations were greeted by University President Conrad Elvehjem, Vice-Pres. Fred Harrington, and Prof. Jonathon Cu...

Date: 1927-03-11 

Description: Ali Bacha looking south. Three indigenous men work on an archaeological excavation in Algeria, Africa. On the left a man examines material in a wheelbarrow...

Date: 1957-08 

Description: An Algerian Bedouin boy with a soldier. The boy is pledging that he will kill his father "with joy" if the father should serve the French forces in the gue...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Leo Kehl, head of the Kehl School of Dance in Madison, Wisconsin, poses with a group of African men in native attire on an unknown occasion.

Photograph

Sphinx de Gizeh

Date: 1890 ca.

Description: The Sphinx at Giza in Egypt. Three men are standing or sitting on the shoulder of the Sphinx, and several men are sitting in the shade below with two camel...

Date: 1938 ca.

Description: Gargantua the Gorilla roars as he holds a native African tribesman over his head using one arm. In the background the rest of the tribe, carrying shields a...

Date: 1899 ca.

Description: Four men and a dog posed along the storefront of a South African McCormick Harvesting Machine Company dealership owned by C. North & Son.

Date:  date unknown

Description: View of an Angolian prisoner with hands and feet bound in a wooden brace. Caption reads, "These methods were used to capture and hold the prisoners which w...

Date: 1696 

Description: Engraved and hand-colored map of Ethiopia, from Blaeu's General Atlas. Map title is framed by a man and a woman, both wearing head turbans, who are standin...

Date: 1956-10-04 

Description: African students (left to right) Joseph Abrefa Ansah and Eugene Quaynor have dinner with Prof. Keith R. and Mary L. Symon and their four children, James, J...

Date: 1928-09-10 

Description: Clyde N. King stands next to an International Special Delivery truck at the "Mission in Buta" in the Belgian Congo. Three men sit on elephants nearby. King...

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