The Fifteenth Amendment Celebrated May 19th, 1870

Description
This commemorative print celebrates the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution. The central panel depicts the parade in Baltimore on May 19, 1870, the largest celebration honoring the amenment's passage. The parade lasted more than five hours, was over a mile in length, and had more than 20,000 spectators. Note the Baltimore Washington Monument in the background, the troop of Zouave drummers, and the African American men wearing Masonic sashes. The central image is surrounded by sixteen small vignettes containing portraits of individuals and events that were influential in securing voting rights for all American males regardless of race. These include four white men: Abraham Lincoln, in upper left President Ulysses S. Grant, a bust of abolitionist John Brown, abolitionist, orator, and Grant’s Vice President Schuyler S. Colfax. The African American leaders in the center are D.C. US Marshall Frederick Douglas, Mississippi Senator Hiram Rhodes Revels depicted sitting in Congress, and Martin Robison Delany, author and 1st African American major in US Army. The surrounding scenes optimistically depict the of expected benefits of the amendment such as a African American wedding ceremony presuming freedom to marry without impediment, a African American man voting, scenes depicting African Americans at worship and in school, and an image of former slaves tilling their own fields.
The brightly colored chromolithograph was crated by James Carter Beard and issued by the Irish immigrant Thomas Kelly. It was published in New York. Two sizes of this print were produced; this is the larger version.
For more detailed information about the vignettes in this print see: http://americanhistory.si.edu/Brown/resources/pdfs/unit1/2-15th-amendment-print.pdf
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1870
date of depicted image
1870-05-19
depicted
Delany, Martin Robinson
Lincoln, Abraham
Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson)
Douglass, Frederick
Brown, John
Colfax, Schuyler
Revels, Hiram Rhodes
maker
Kelly, Thomas
artist
Beard, James Carter
place made
United States: New York, New York
depicted
United States: Maryland, Baltimore
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
image: 18 5/8 in x 25 1/2 in; 47.3075 cm x 64.77 cm
ID Number
DL.60.2611
catalog number
60.2611
accession number
228146
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
subject
Horses
Patriotism and Patriotic Symbols
Children
Uniforms, Military
Reform Movements
African American
Uniforms, fraternal
U.S. National Government, executive branch
U.S. National Government, judiciary
U.S. National Government, legislative branch
Chronology: 1870-1879
Holidays and Celebrations, general
United States Constitution, Fifteenth Amendment
Blacks
Civil War
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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