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Atlanta Washerwomen Strike

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A photograph of an African American woman washing laundry outdoors in a yard. Clothes hand behind her on a line.

Washerwomen

Washerwoman in Suwanee, Florida, ca. 1902

Washerwoman in Suwanee, Florida, ca. 1902

Unfair Conditions

Women doing washing, Jefferson County, Florida

Women doing washing, Jefferson County, Florida

"We Mean Business... or No Washing"

Washboard

Wash pot used by Manda Caldwell and her daughter Susan Caldwell McGill

Washboard

Wash pot used by Manda Caldwell and her daughter Susan Caldwell McGill

Article from The Washington Star about the Atlanta washerwomen’s strike, August 9, 1881

Winning Better Wages

Woman washing laundry near Augusta, Georgia

Woman washing laundry near Augusta, Georgia

We the members of our society, are determined to stand to our pledge and make extra charges for washing... and are willing to pay $25 or $50 for licenses as a protection, so we can control the washing for the city.

Atlanta Washing Society Members, 1881

Black and white photograph of three children walking down street.  There are houses in the background.

George Henry White

George Henry White was the last African American congressman of the 1800s. Learn about his life before and after Congress and his commitment to justice.

An illustration of a school house on fire. Some onlookers cheer, while others run towards help.

Memphis Massacre

In 1866, police and white civilians attacked the African American community in Memphis, Tennessee. Learn about the massacre and listen to survivor testimony.

The inside title page is covered in decorative floral and leaf scroll work. The title reads, [ILLUMINATED / DIARY / for / 1868.]. Underneath is an illustrated image of the sea with a mast ship. The publisher below reads, [PUBLISHED BY / TAGGARD & THOMPSON, No. 29 CORNHILL, / BOSTON.]

The Remarkable Rollin Sisters

The Rollin sisters shaped the politics of Reconstruction-era South Carolina. Learn how they challenged society’s views of Black women and fought for equality.

Printed cartoon showing the assignation of Octavius Catto in Philadelphia in 1871.

Octavius Catto

Octavius Catto was a civil rights activist in Pennsylvania. Learn about his life and impact in Philadelphia’s Black community during Reconstruction.

Black and white photograph of Etta Moten Barnett and another woman examining a large map of Africa hanging on the wall. Wearing a long sleeved white blouse with a brooch at the neckline and a grey straight skirt, Etta Moten Barnett stands to the side of the map and points to the country of Liberia with her right arm outstretched. The woman standing next to her wears a light grey dress with double breasted black button up the front and a black belt.
Biography

Etta Moten Barnett

Etta Moten Barnett was an artist and activist. Learn how her interest in the African Diaspora brought her to international conferences about global freedom.

  • Africa & the Diaspora
Photograph of Louis Manigault, Jr. in a field
Present to Past

Land as Legacy

African Americans who inherited land from their ancestors are fighting to keep their land and family legacies.

  • Activism
Photograph of Louis Manigault, Jr. in a field
Present to Past

Land as Legacy

African Americans who inherited land from their ancestors are fighting to keep their land and family legacies.

  • Land