Emancipation Day, Richmond, Virginia, April 3, 1905

Summary

Until Union troops arrived, the Emancipation Proclamation meant little to most slaves in the Confederate States of America. For African Americans living in Richmond, Virginia, the day of Emancipation came on April 3, 1865. The event continued to be celebrated annually on that day into the 20th century. This photograph shows the celebration in 1905, 40 years after the war ended.

Until Union troops arrived, the Emancipation Proclamation meant little to most slaves in the Confederate States of America. For African Americans living in Richmond, Virginia, the day of Emancipation came on April 3, 1865. The event continued to be celebrated annually on that day into the 20th century. This photograph shows the celebration in 1905, 40 years after the war ended.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

1905

Subject Date

03 April 1905

Creators

Detroit Publishing Co. 

Glover, L. S. (Lycurgus S.), 1858-1935 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Detroit 

Creator Notes

Photographed by Lycurgus S. Glover; published by Detroit Publishing Co., Detroit, Michigan.

With Liberty & Justice For All
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in With Liberty & Justice for All

Object ID

P.DPC.018421

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process
Toning (Photography)

Color

Brown

Dimensions

Height: 7.438 in

Width: 9.563 in

Inscriptions

On front of photo, lower edge: 018421 EMANCIPATION DAY, RICHMOND, VA. COPYRIGHT 1905 BY DETROIT PUBLISHING CO. On back of photo, written in blue grease pencil and circled:: 018421 [and in center] C. On back of photo, stamped in blue ink twice in center and right edge: RETURN TO NEGATIVE VAULT On back of photo, written in pencil, right of center: #2586 / G

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