The Resource "Prayer meeting in a contraband camp -- Washington, 1862" steel engraving, 1887
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- 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
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- 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.
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