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Category: African American History

Portrait of Harriet Tubman. Photo by Benjamin F. Powelson, 1868 or 1869.

Celebrating Harriet Tubman and the Emily Howland Album

Posted by: Barbara Orbach Natanson

Last week, Prints and Photographs Division staff had an opportunity to participate in Washington, D.C.’s first annual celebration of Harriet Tubman Day, which represented several very satisfying convergences. The official Harriet Tubman Day is March 10th, the date of Tubman’s death (the date of her birth is not known). The celebration was held March 8th  …

Smiling woman dressed in outdoor winter clothes holds a large, old-style camera

Remembering the African American Soldiers of the 9th U.S. Volunteer Infantry

Posted by: Barbara Orbach Natanson

The following is a guest post by Jonathan Eaker, Reference Librarian, Prints & Photographs Division. Recently while going through some military photos in our collection I came across a set of twelve undigitized group portraits showing African American soldiers at the time of the Spanish American War. The photos launched me on research about a …