- A Brief Introduction to the Movement
- Colored Conventions and the Black Press
- The 1853 Manual Labor College Initiative
- Bishop Henry McNeal Turner
- Word Travels Fast: 1855 Philadelphia
- Henry Highland Garnet's "Address"
- What Did They Eat? Where Did They Stay?
- Black Wealth and the 1843 Convention
- African American Women's Economic Power
- The First National Convention
- The "Conventions" of the Conventions: Political Rituals
- Conventions by City
- National Conventions
- Women Delegates
- Women in the Conventions
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Interactive Visualizations: Places and Women Participants
Figure 1. The illustration below shows women's attendance in Colored Conventions from 1832 to 1859. While this exhibit focuses on the 1830s conventions, it is important to note that the desire of the women in this exhibit to privilege their voice and experience were passed on to succeeding generations.
For further reading about women's participation in conventions, visit the exhibit, The "Conventions" of Conventions: Political Rituals and Traditions.
Figure 2. This graph shows names of individuals who stayed at Serena Gardiner’s boarding house and attended the Colored Conventions in Philadelphia between 1830 and 1835.
Click on the lines next to names to find out more about their participation in later conventions. Click on the years to access convention minutes.
Figure 3. The illustration below shows the proximity of boarding houses to Colored Conventions locations. Above Pine St. between 6th and 7th Streets were the homes of the Johnsons and Gardiners. Both were situated on a narrow street called Elizabeth St. This location was paved to the ground at the turn of the century to make space for the Gen. George A. McCall School.
Figure 4. The table below shows the trend for some of the occupations dominated by women. The large numbers of milliners suggest that the hat industry was competitive. African-American women had to compete with more established white milliners. Dressmakers and seamstresses had to meet the demands of their discriminating African-American clientele and to match the quality and style of popular Parisian clothes.
Hover above the dots to learn more about exact figures.