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Date:  date unknown

Description: Text of the Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln. Includes a portrait of Abraham Lincoln.

Date: 1917 

Description: Louisiana doctor Dudley Duprez, played by Frank Keenan, makes a fist and glares angrily in a scene still for "The Bride of Hate," a drama of miscegenation...

Date: 1915-02-13 

Description: African American man and woman on the front porch of a rural home. The unidentified woman is retrieving water from well as the man, J.R. Dean, sits in brok...

Date: 1917 ca.

Description: Recruitment poster for the United States Navy. Depicts Uncle Sam in a soldier's uniform pointing a gun at the German Kaiser, who is dressed in a crown and...


Description: Stereograph of Union infantry standing in front of a slave dealer's shop.

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.

Historical Essay

Fugitive Slave Collar

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Iron collar removed from a fugitive slave by Wisconsin soldiers in 1862. (Museum object #1961.73)

Date: 1860 after

Description: Scene of 16 figures. A slave owner raises his whip as black families race towards Fort Monroe, some remain behind picking cotton. The slave owner is saying...

Date: 1929 

Description: Scene from the film "Romance of the Reaper" showing the building of the first practical reaper on the McCormick farm in Virginia. Actors playing the parts...

Book or Pamphlet

March of the Slaves


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

Get to know Isaac P. Walker, the first Wisconsin resident to be a presidential candidate contender in 1850.

Date:  date unknown

Description: A facsimile of the handwritten document by Abraham Lincoln, with additional decorations, published for the benefit of the United States Sanitary Commission...

Date: 1859 ca.

Description: Hölzlhuber felt his most interesting experiences in America were his interactions with southern slavery. "My sketch here shows a negro family as I saw them...

Date: 1877 after

Description: Monument to John Brown and the men killed during the Battle of Osawatomie. Those slin in the battle are buried underneath the monument. Chain link fence...


Louis Hughes


Description: Studio portrait of Louis Hughes, seated and holding a book.

Date: 1864 ca.

Description: A map of Wisconsin and Michigan showing the counties, named towns, cities and villages, and railroads. The opposite side includes a lists counties with po...

Historical Essay

Pierce, Hattie, 1829-1944

Born into slavery, Hattie Pierce lived 115 years and was able to fully experience both life before and after emancipation.


"Freedom's Journal"

Date: 1827-06-22 

Description: Front page of "Freedom's Journal", Volume 1, #15.

Date: 1946-08-23 

Description: Aunt Lily Richmond sang African American spirituals for song collector Helene Stratman-Thomas. Richmond came to Grant County Wisconsin with her parents, fr...

Supplemental materials for the 4th-grade textbook, 'Wisconsin: Our State Our Story'

Chapter 7 supplemental materials to the 4th-grade textbook, 'Wisconsin: Our State Our Story'
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