In 1948 Arthur Springarn, legal counsel for the NAACP, donated a collection of books, manuscripts, and memorabilia to the Howard University library, which had been donated by Jesse Moorland, YMCA administrator and longtime supporter of the university. This book offers readers a look at the contents of what became known as the Springarn-Moorland Research Center, a collection that has never been published in book form until now. Historian John Hope Franklin wrote the preface, and black studies scholar Charles Blockson provided the afterword. In between is an amazing collection of photographs, artifacts, illustrations, and essays portraying black history from the slave trade through current times. The images include seventeenth-century maps of Africa, posters of runaway slaves, a bell that belonged to Sally Hemmings, rare daguerreotypes of Frederick Douglass and other prominent blacks, Black Panther posters, and NAACP membership buttons from the 1960s. This book is rich in illustration and research treasures for both the scholar and the casual reader of black history. Vanessa Bush
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Thomas C. Battle, director of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University, is a lecturer, consultant, and author who co-edited Black Bibliophiles and Collectors: Preservers of Black History.
Donna M. Wells is curator of Prints and Photographs at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University. She has published numerous reviews and articles on the history of the African American image.
John Hope Franklin is the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of History, and former Professor of Legal History in the Law School at Duke University. He is recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His books include the award-winning From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans.