The Resource "Prayer meeting in a contraband camp -- Washington, 1862" steel engraving

"Prayer meeting in a contraband camp -- Washington, 1862" steel engraving

Label
"Prayer meeting in a contraband camp -- Washington, 1862" steel engraving, 1887
Title
"Prayer meeting in a contraband camp -- Washington, 1862" steel engraving
Inclusive dates
1887
Creator
Contributor
Artist
Engraver
Publisher
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The "Prayer Meeting in a Contraband Camp -- Washington, 1862" Steel Engraving, 1887, is comprised of one 5 ¼ x 8 ¾ inch engraving featuring imagery of African-American worshippers, crowded into a small dark cabin. The prayer meeting attendees are depicted as singing, clapping, dancing, stomping their feet, and generally moving about energetically with arms uplifted
Biographical or historical data
William Ludwell Sheppard (1833-1912) was born in Richmond, Virginia and served with the Richmond Howitzers in the Army of Northern Virginia. He was a watercolorist, illustrator, teacher, and painter who began his career as a tobacco label illustrator. He has been credited with providing valuable imagery of the American South, including the African-American experience, and the Civil War. Other similar works include: "The First African Church, Richmond, Virginia -- Interior of the Church, from the Western Wing" (1874), "Negroes Hiding in the Swamps of Louisiana" (1873), and "The Sunny South -- a Negro Revival Meeting -- a Seeker 'Getting Religion'" (1873). A contraband camp refers to an encampment set up near Union forces during the American Civil War by certain escaped slaves who allied with the Union.
Cataloging source
VMC
Label
"Prayer meeting in a contraband camp -- Washington, 1862" steel engraving
Link
http://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/manuscripts/SC0060PrayerMeeting.aspx
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
973553835
Extent
1 legal folder, .06 cubic feet.
Governing access note
Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection
Immediate source of acquisition
James Madison University Special Collections acquired this item at auction from Cohasco, Inc. in January 2016.
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Organization method
The engraving is housed in one letter folder.

Library Locations

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