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New-Jersey Society for promoting the abolition of slavery [certificate]

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Abolition society certificate depicting a white Federal-era gentleman gesturing toward a chained supplicant slave who declares from upon an inscribed marble pedestal and altar, "Am I not a Man and brother!" The white man holds a Bible opened to Isaiah, passage 61, verse 1 atop the altar inscribed with text from the verse, which reads, "He came to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound." Heavenly beams shine down upon them through an opening in the clouds. The New Jersey abolition society was established in 1793. The supplicant slave figure first appeared in abolitionist imagery in the 1780s and remained a staple for the movement throughout the 19th century.; Unused certificate.

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Library Company of Philadelphia

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