Fugitive Slave Law Convention, Cazenovia, New York

Object Details

Title:

Fugitive Slave Law Convention, Cazenovia, New York

Artist/Maker(s):

Ezra Greenleaf Weld (American, 1801 - 1874)

Culture:

American

Date:

August 22, 1850

Medium:

Daguerreotype

Dimensions:

6.7 x 5.4 cm (2 5/8 x 2 1/8 in.)

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Among the two thousand participants at the 1848 abolitionist convention in upstate New York, there were nearly fifty runaway slaves. This small image features the legendary Edmonson sisters, both dressed in plaid, and the famous orator and escaped slave Frederick Douglass, seated between the two sisters. This daguerreotype was given to imprisoned abolitionist William Chaplin, who had helped many of the attendees escape to freedom. The photographic record enabled Chaplin to share in the convention's success and to see the vastness of the assembled crowd.

Exhibitions
Grave Testimony: Photographs of the Civil War (January 14 to March 29, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), January 14 to March 29, 1992
American Politicians (October 5, 1994 to January 3, 1995)
  • The Museum of Modern Art (New York), October 5, 1994 to January 3, 1995
Hidden Witness: African Americans in Early Photography (February 28 to June 18, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), February 28 to June 18, 1995
The Art of the Daguerreotype (April 14 to July 12, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), April 14 to July 12, 1998