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Portraits of a People
Images and items from the NEHGS collection
Kenneth Alford's Marine Corps ID Card
(Kenneth Alford Papers, Mss 1174, R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, New England Historic Genealogical Society)
Kenneth Alford Papers
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Elisha Swan family Bible record
Bible record for the Elisha and Sarah (Jackson) family. They lived in Horseheads, Chemung County, NY, in the 1800s. (Mss A 6880, R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, NEHGS)
1929 funeral record
Funeral record for Charles William Wells Frazier. The Gaines Funeral Home was established by George W. Gaines in 1919 in the historically African American Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh. It is the longest-operating African-American-owned business in Western Pennsylvania.
Early Black U.S. Army regiment
Group of the Officers of the Third North Carolina U.S.V. Infantry in the War with Spain (NEHGS). One of the first U.S. Army volunteer regiments to be organized and entirely officered by African Americans.
Sea Captain Paul Cuffe
Portrait of Captain Paul Cuffe (1759-1817) (NEHGS). Quaker sea captain and abolitionist Cuffe was one of the most influential African Americans in the world during his lifetime.
Images of soldiers from the Spanish-American War. Records from the longest-operating African-American-owned business in Western Pennsylvania. A portrait of a New England shipowner. A family Bible record. These are just a few examples of the fascinating pieces of African American history which can be found at NEHGS.
Thanks to the generosity of our members, who have donated items to the collections and contributed funds for the purchase of new acquisitions, our collections of African American manuscripts and photographs continue to grow. We invite you to take a tour through this gallery of images, and explore more African American family and local history at our library and on AmericanAncestors.org.