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The Remarkable Rollin Sisters

    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.]

    An Elite Upbringing

    Artist’s illustration of a street scene in Charleston, South Carolina, 1861

    Artist’s illustration of a street scene in Charleston, South Carolina, 1861

    After the War

    “Zion School for Colored Children, Charleston, South Carolina,” Harper’s Weekly, 1866

    “Zion School for Colored Children, Charleston, South Carolina,” Harper’s Weekly, 1866

    The Rollin Salon

    “Radical Members of the South Carolina Legislature,” 1868

    “Radical Members of the South Carolina Legislature,” 1868

    Frances Rollin

    Portrait of Frances Anne Rollin Whipper

    Life and Public Services of Martin R. Delany by Frank (Frances) A. Rollin, 1868

    Portrait of Frances Anne Rollin Whipper

    Life and Public Services of Martin R. Delany by Frank (Frances) A. Rollin, 1868

    Diary of Frances Anne Rollin, 1868

    We ask suffrage not as a favor, not as a privilege, but as a right based on the ground that we are human beings, and as such, entitled to all human rights.

    Charlotte Rollin, address to Woman’s Rights Convention, Columbia, S.C., 1870

    Charlotte Rollin

    The Woman’s Journal, November 30, 1872

    The Woman’s Journal, November 30, 1872

    As for the State of South Carolina, of which we are natives, take my word for it . . . the rebels will never get it back into their hands again while there are ninety thousand votes cast by the Black race at our elections.

    Katherine Rollin, 1871

    Reconstruction's End

    “Of Course He Wants to Vote the Democratic Ticket!” Illustration from Harper’s Weekly, 1876

    “Of Course He Wants to Vote the Democratic Ticket!” Illustration from Harper’s Weekly, 1876

    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.

    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.

    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.