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Biography

The Remarkable Rollin Sisters

  • Education
  • Family
  • Politics
  • Women's Voices
  • Civil War & Reconstruction, 1860-1890
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.

Black and white photgraph of 6 Black children standing in a line with hands by theri side.  There are 2 boys and 4 girls pictured.  The children are dressed up for school and look directly at the camera
Historic Event

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka

The Brown v. Board decision overturned segregation in public schools. Learn how the Legal Defense Fund built lawsuits to challenge segregation in the courts.

  • Activism
Mrs. Nettie Hunt, sitting on steps of Supreme Court, holding newspaper, explaining to her daughter Nikie the meaning of the Supreme Court's decision banning school segregation
Present to Past

Education for All

African Americans established schools for their communities and have taken innovative approaches to education while challenging segregation and discrimination.

  • Discrimination
People waiting in line to vote
Present to Past

Legislating Rights

Supreme Court rulings gutting the legal protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 have allowed states to restrict access to the ballot.

  • Incarceration