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Bayou Bend African American Material Culture: An Online Collection

As Americans think about equality’s past, present, and future on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Bayou Bend Collection looks to its objects and images to present the central role that African Americans play in U.S. history. Inspired by four key questions that have shaped African American history, this online collection presents various works from Bayou Bend that emphasize an important belief: Black history is American history.

John M. Wilson
One-Gallon Crock
Salt-glazed stoneware with brown slip interior
c. 1860, Seguin, Guadalupe County, Texas
Five-Gallon Jar; Two-Gallon Jug; Five-Gallon Churn; Jar; Jug; Six-Gallon Jar; Three-Gallon Jar; Seven-Gallon Jar
Salt-glazed stoneware
1869–84, Guadalupe County, Texas
Sugar Bowl, Part of Sugar Bowl and Creamer set
c. 1850–55, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Attributed to the shop of John Townsend
Bureau Table
Mahogany, brass, chestnut, yellow poplar
c. 1770, Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island
Lead-glazed earthenware with transfer print, Staffordshire County, England
Moses Williams
Revealed Silhouette of a Young Woman
Wove paper with black ink
c. 1813–20, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Mary J. Greenfield Smith
Woolwork Picture
Wool and silk on linen
c.1843, Baltimore, Maryland
Samuel Kirk
c. 1850, Baltimore, Maryland
Silhouette Drawing of a Young Woman
Black ink with chalk delineation on wove wood pulp paper
c. 1840–1850, Philadelphia (probably), Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Pair of Vases
c. 1852–65, possibly Bohemia (now Czech Republic)
Am I Not a Man and a Brother?
Wood engraving on wove paper
c. 1837, New York
Engraved by Alfred Jones, after Richard Caton Woodville
Mexican News
Hand-colored engraving on wove paper
c. 1851, New York
John Sartain, after George Caleb Bingham
The County Election
Mezzotint and line engraving with original hand-coloring
James Presley Ball, Sr.
Portrait of a Young Woman
Daguerreotype, 1/6 plate
Edward Savage
The Washington Family
Engraving and stipple etching
1798, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Probably Susan Parker, after a print of a painting by GEORGE MORLAND
Fishing Party
Watercolor on wove paper
c. 1815, Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts
Paul Revere, Jr.
The Bloody Massacre
hHed line engraving and etching on laid paper
1770, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Africa, Part of The Four Corners of the Globe
1770–80, Chelsea, England
The Bare Knuckle Fighters, Tom Cribb and Tom Molineaux
Lead-glazed earthenware with polychrome decoration
c. 1811–15, Staffordshire County, England
Leon Noel, after William Sidney Mount
The Power of Music
Hand-colored lithograph
1848, New York, New York