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California African American Museum

Exhibition Detail
African American Military Portraits from the American Civil War: Selected Images from the Library of Congress Collections
600 State Drive
Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA 90037

September 13th, 2012 - December 29th, 2013
September 13th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Union Private and Family, Union Private and Family,
Quarter-Plate Ambrotype taken between 1863 and 1865. Image depicts a Black Union Army private and his wife and twin daughters. This image has recently become something of an icon of the African American experience during the American Civil War.
© Courtesy of California African American Museum
downtown/east la
Tues-Sat 10-5; Sun 11-5
photography, portraits

Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War (1861-1865), this exhibit features remarkable photographic portraits of African American soldiers and sailors who took part in this epic chapter of our nation’s history. Reproduced in large format from the original antique photographs, these images are selections from the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs and the Gladstone Collection of African American Photographs, both of which are housed at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. These photographs are visual reminders of the pride, determination, and sense of destiny that filled these men with a profound resolve as they sought a rightful place in the fabric of this nation for themselves and an entire people. The portraits in this exhibit are supplemented with biographical research, original period documents, artifacts, and historically-accurate reconstructions.

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