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Read the history of Pleasant Ridge, Wisconsin, a unique a community developed by freed Southern African American slaves in the mid-19th century.

Date: 1863-04-04 

Description: Illustration depicting a large group of people gathered in the yard of a house. Three woman stand on the porch steps, and men, women and children are gathe...

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...

The story of Capt. Jonathan Walker whose hand was branded with "S.S." (for "slave stealer") for assisting fugitive slaves.

Date: 1770 

Description: The south west sheet of a four sheet map of Virginia, showing the counties, mountains, rivers, court houses, a few cities, and mills. A few Plantations ar...

Date: 1860 after

Description: African American man, left, map depicting Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the border of Pennsylvania, right. Key of "DIRECTIONS" in upper right corner. At...

Date: 1964 

Description: Three people stand outdoors near a truck acting out a group improvisation of a slave revolt. They were attending Freedom School during Freedom Summer at Pa...

Photograph

Cultivating Cotton

Date: 1902-05 

Description: Carlos Christian cultivating a field for cotton. He is posing while holding a plow which is hitched to a mule. Pine trees run along the perimeter of the fi...

Date: 1855-05-10 

Description: A poster advertising a $100 reward to be issued by Marcus Du Val for his runaway "servant" Matthew Turner. The poster includes a physical description of th...

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

Date: 1854 

Description: Brightly-colored map exhaustively marks the townships, County Towns and villages of Wisconsin. It also shows rivers, canals, railroads, and plank roads. Ea...

Print

Unite Or Die

Date: 1860 after

Description: A snake with 15 segments, SC, Ca, Mi, Ala, N.C, Tex, De, Md, Va, Fla, Ark, Ten, Ke and Mo. Snake has the Confederate flag and a palm tree behind it. In bol...

How Wisconsin was Divided

Discover how the Ordinance of 1787 extended government, prohibited slavery and led to the survey of public lands north of the Ohio River.

Date: 1849-04-19 

Description: Poster offering $600 reward for the return of three runaway slaves in Calvert County, Maryland. The three slaves are Henry Morsell, Jim Parker, and Bill Hu...

Book or Pamphlet

Ah King

Date:  date unknown

Description: Ah King, a slave who was rescued on May 18, 1910.

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...

Date: 1883 ca.

Description: Advertising lithograph depicting the first public demonstration of a mechanical reaper by Cyrus Hall McCormick at Steeles Tavern, Virginia, in 1831. The sc...

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.

Date:  

Description: A cartoon depicting an African American family hovering beneath a Ku Klux Klansman (KKK) and a white supremacist in the Reconstruction South. There is a sk...

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)
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