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The etching captures Volck's stance on the North's hypocrisy toward the treatment of black individuals. The scene takes place on Lovely Lane outside of a building where dancing and fighting takes place. The etching also depicts a well-dressed man assumed to be Henry Ward Beecher (a pastor and abolitionist) who denies help to a beggar in the streets. Instead, he hands the beggar a religious tract. Also pictured are two black men who are grave robbers. A wealthy-looking white man pays them for a corpse.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. https://www.gilderlehrman.org/content/free-negroes-north (accessed June 201, 2018).
Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
Approximate Creation Date
8 X 9 5/8 inches
Materials and Techniques Display
etching on paper
Recto, above image at left: 26 recto, in image on sign: Praise the Lord/Bare Bones/Colored [Mens]/HOME
Beecher, Henry Ward, 1813-1887; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Caricatures and cartoons
[Physical ID#]: [Title], Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.
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