The Fifteenth Amendment. Celebrated May 19th 1870
@ The Library Company of Philadelphia
Beard, James C
DescriptionCommemorative print celebrating the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment depicting a large central scene of the May 19, 1870 Baltimore parade surrounded by several portraits and vignettes. A float of young African American girls leads the parade in view of the city's Washington Monument. The parade consists of African American Zouave drummers, men in top hats on horseback, and ranks of troops. The portraits of African American civil rights supporters framing this scene include President Grant; Martin Robison Delany, the first African American Major; Frederick Douglass; Mississippi Senator Hiram Revels; Vice-President Schuyler Colfax; Abraham Lincoln; and abolitionist John Brown. The numerous vignettes, all captioned, include scenes of an African American classroom, an African American congregation, an African American wedding, an African American officer, an African American man reading to his family, African American masons, and an African American man voting.; From an original design by James C. Beard.; Beard was a respected illustrator most well known for his nature illustrations.