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Bound for Freedom's Light: African Americans and the Civil War

Bound for Freedom's Light: African Americans and the Civil War

February 1, 2013 – March 2, 2014

Museum: Portrait Gallery

Location: 1st Floor, East

Drawing principally from images in the museum's collection, this exhibition explores the roles individual African Americans played during the Civil War and focuses attention on the impact of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Among the featured stories are those of Frederick Douglass; Martin Delaney; Sojourner Truth; and Gordon, who escaped from enslavement on a Louisiana plantation to join a black regiment and fight for the Union.