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African American quilt
Harriet Powers, American 1837-1911
Pictoral quilt
American, 189998
Pieced, appliqued, and embroidered printed cotton
175 x 266.7 cm (68 7/8 x 105 in.)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bequest of Maxim Karolik, 64.619
This pictorial quilt was made by Harriet Powers in the years 1895-98. Born a slave, Powers lived out the rest of her life on a farm in Georgia where she completed this quilt depicting biblical events and local legends. The quilt is a fine example of African American art, it is made up of fifteen intricately hand stitched squares similar in style and technique to the appliquéd cotton cloths made by the Fon people of Abomey, the ancient capital of Dahomey (now the Republic of Benin) in West Africa.
Police Joke in Times Square
© Thomas Hoepker/Magnum
Three African American police officers share a joke in Times Square in New York City, in 2002.
Louis Armstrong
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King of jazz Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) poses for a portrait while holding a trumpet, 1927.
Thurgood Marshall
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Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993), sits at his desk in the Federal Court House in Washington DC, 28 July 1965. Lawyer to the NAACP and instrumental in the key case of Brown v. Board of Education, that ruled that segregation in public schools was unlawful, Marshall became the first black Supreme Court Justice.
Jesse Owens and Ralph Metcalf
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Jesse James Cleveland Owens (1913-1980) with Ralph Metcalf (1910-1978) on 18 March 1938. Owens was the greatest sprinter of his generation, winning four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Kwanzaa Celebrated In New York
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Members of the Restoration Dance Company perform a traditional African dance during a Kwanzaa festival celebrating black culture at the Museum of Natural History in New York City, 28 December 2002. The festival was first introduced in the United States in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga to celebrate African American life and culture.
Soldiers From Expeditionary Strike Force 1 Return To The States
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Sailors from the Expeditionary Strike Force One return from a six-and-a-half month deployment to Iraq. Sailor Keith Angeletti smiles as he hugs his wife on his return to the Naval Station in San Diego, California, March, 2004.
Free Huey
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The Black Panthers march to a news conference in New York City in 1968 to protest at the trial of Huey Newton, the co-founder of the party. Newton was shot while being arrested and was later convicted for the manslaughter of an Oakland policeman.
Tuskegee Airmen
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Second World War African American fighter pilots of a Mustang flying group listen to a mission briefing at a base in Italy, September 1944. These men were known as Tuskegee airmen, being graduates of the all-black training facility in Tuskegee, Alabama, the first segregated training facility of its kind for the US Army Air Force.
Three girls
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Three African American girls stand on a tennis court in El Paso, Texas, July, 2000. These girls find inspiration from the tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams as more players from ethnic minorities are breaking into the predominantly white world of tennis.
Slave wedding painting
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An original painting of a slave wedding dating from 1820. Slave marriages were a common occurrence, while never legalized. Depending on the benevolence of the slave owner, weddings such as this often followed the marriage service.
Actress Nia Long
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The actress Nia Long attends the Casting Society of America's Artios Awards in Beverley Hills on 4 October 2001.
Lena Horne
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The American jazz singer Lena Horne, one of the most successful American jazz singers and actresses of her generation, poses against a screen in 1965. Born in 1917, Lena began her career at the Harlem Cotton Club at the age of 16 and in 1940 became a member of The Charlie Barnett Orchestra, a white swing band. She was politically active and refused to suffer the indignities of racial discrimination in the 1940s, suing restaurants and theatres for racial prejudice and protesting against segregation in the military.
Barack Obama
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Barack Obama, Democratic candidate for the US Senate, unveils his plans to make college education more accessible to working families and their children at a press conference in Chicago, 15 September 2004.
Children watching Selma march
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A group of children sit on a wall watching part of the great march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama led by Martin Luther King in the name of black voting rights, March 1965.
Phillis Wheatley
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The frontispiece and title page of Phillis Wheatley's Poems on Various Subjects Religious and Moral, published in 1773. Phillis Wheatley (c. 1753-1784) was a slave educated by her owner, John Wheatley of Boston. There is a letter from him stating that Wheatley began writing poetry in 1765, and her first known published poem appeared in December 1767. She is recognized as America's first notable black poet.
civil rights march
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Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King head the great civil rights march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital of Montgomery on 30 March 1965.
Black Civil War soldiers
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A lithograph cover illustration of sheet music to Hymn of the Freedman. The image shows Colonel Charles W. Fribley and black soldiers of the Union 8th US troops, killed in the Battle of Oulustee, Florida, 20 February 1864.
Women sing in church
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Three women sing in worship during a service at the New Macedonia Baptist Church in Riviera Beach, Florida, 31 October 2004.

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