Heroes of the Colored Race

National Portrait Gallery

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Four scenes illustrate significant contributions made by African Americans and surround portraits of prominent figures who fought for equality in United States history. These scenes show how African Americans labored, fought, learned, and were civically engaged in the nineteenth century. Though the prominent figures pictured here are of men, many women including Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Maria W. Stewart, Henrietta Purvis, Harriet Forten Purvis, Sarah Remond, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony were among those who advanced civil rights for African Americans.

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