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

February 1, 2013 – March 2, 2014

National Portrait Gallery
8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, East Floor Plan

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.