Where Did They Travel From?



These maps show the locations of four conventions: two held in Boston, MA, and two in Cleveland, OH. The homes of prominent convention attendees are indicated by a red star. Click on each icon to reveal more about residents by city and state.

These maps aim to provide a picture--albeit incomplete--of mobility and travel during the conventions movement. The attendees included in the maps are chosen from a list of delegates gathered from the official convention proceedings. For this project, I chose to map only delegates listed in convention proceedings with a home address provided. Given the methodology, these visualizations do not capture a comprehensive representation of those who participated in the Colored Conventions--many more attended. Despite such limitations, these maps prompt visitors to think about the distances people traveled to participate in conventions.


Researched and written by Anna Lacy. Edited by Dr. P. Gabrielle Foreman.



1859, "New England Colored Citizens' Convention, August 1, 1859," Boston, MA




1865, "Convention of the Colored People of New England, Boston, December 1, 1865," Boston, MA




1848, "Report of the proceedings of the Colored National Convention held at Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday, September 6, 1848.," Cleveland, OH