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STAKE CLAIM OR TAKE FLIGHT:
THE BIRTH OF SOUTHERN CONVENTIONS AFTER THE CIVIL WAR

Largely due to the continued legality of slavery in southern states, the first southern Colored Convention did not take place until January of 1865. Charting Colored Conventions from just after the Civil War in 1865 to the Exoduster Movement in 1879, this exhibit uncovers the patterns and trends of postbellum southern Colored Conventions.

Credits

Curators: Eileen Moscoso, graduate student at the University of Delaware and Grants and Pipeline teams member of the Colored Conventions Project.

Edited by Dr. P. Gabrielle Foreman.

Cover image “Voter Registration, Macon, Ga.” 1867. Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 

Special thanks to Gale, a Cengage Company, and Accessible Archives Inc.® for granting permission for the use of the materials from 19th Century U.S. Newspaper and African American Newspapers: The 19th Century.

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