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George Henry White

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    George Henry White

    George Henry White

    George Henry White

    Entering Politics

    Ceremonial Sword of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows

    Ceremonial Sword of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows

    The Last Black Congressman

    George H. White’s farewell speech to Congress, 1901

    George H. White’s farewell speech to Congress, 1901

    This, Mr. Chairman, is perhaps the Negroes’ temporary farewell to the American Congress; but let me say, Phoenix-like he will rise up some day and come again.

    George H. White, 1901

    Life after Congress

    Letter from George H. White on his company letterhead, 1911

    Letter from George H. White on his company letterhead, 1911

    Children walking down Cape May Avenue in Whitesboro, New Jersey

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

    Atlanta Washerwomen Strike

    In 1881, washerwomen in Atlanta formed a union and went on strike to demand better wages. Learn about the harsh conditions they faced and how they won.

    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.