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Atlanta Washerwomen Strike

    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.