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American Arts Association.



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Emancipation Celebration


This presentation copy of the Emancipation Proclamation Celebration in New Orleans, as presented to President Abraham Lincoln, is fitted within a presentation binding in full red morocco with a silver inset plaque on the cover that reads "To His/ Excellency/ A. Lincoln, / President, U. S./ by the Colored People/ New Orleans" . Foliate silver plaques are mounted to the corners and around the edges. "Grand Celebration" is embossed in gold lettering above the center plaque. The volume includes opens with a notice from the committee on printing that includes the committee members' names. Included within the volume is the order of procession for the celebration, a description of the events that transpired during the celebration, and the orations and addresses made by Dr. S. W. Rogers, F. Boisdore, and Rev. W. A. Dove. The volume concludes with a description of the American Arts Association and an account of the Grand Exhibition of Arts held in August 1864. A letter written to President Lincoln from Thomas Jefferson Durant explaining the gift was inserted within this copy and has been transferred to the Frank and Virginia Williams Original Manuscript collection. [See related links field.] [A letter dated April 2, 1936 from James J. Gentry verifying the provenance of this item was included though not digitized.]


Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams


Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams



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31 pages ; 23 cm

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ink on paper


New Orleans (La.)--Anniversaries, etc.; African Americans--Civil rights--Louisiana--New Orleans; Enslaved persons--Emancipation--United States


Abraham Lincoln; Emancipation ordinance of the Louisiana Convention; Emancipation proclamation

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Thomas J. Durant’s letter to Lincoln, presenting Emancipation Celebration from “Colored People, New Orleans", December 8, 1864

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Mississippi State University Libraries.


New Orleans : H.P. Lathrop, Printer

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Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version).

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Grand celebration in honor of the passage of the Ordinance of emancipation, by the Free State Convention, on the eleventh day of May, 1864, held in the Place d'Armes, New-Orleans, June 11th, with the programme, proceedings, speeches by Rev. Dr. Rogers, Francis Boisdore, Rev. W.A. Dove &c. &c. : also the Proceedings of the American Arts Association of New Orleans, and the distribution of prizes, held first August, 1864