Lot of 2 CDVs, including portrait of Hiram Revels.
CDV showing profile portrait of Hiram Revels seated in a studio setting. Mathew Brady: New York, New York and Washington, DC, ca 1868.
Radical Members of the So. Ca. Legislature. J.G. Gibbes: Columbia, South Carolina, 1868. A composite image featuring portraits of the members, including both white and black subjects, identified in print on mount verso.
Hiram Rhodes Revels (1827-1901) was born a free person of color in North Carolina before his ordination by the AME church in 1845. He was a preacher until the Civil War began and served as an army chaplain for an African American regiment. Revels settled in Mississippi in 1866 and got involved in state politics, eventually becoming the first African American United States Senator in 1870. He was known as a gifted orator and a political moderate who favored equal rights for African Americans and amnesty for the former Confederates. The known photographs of Senator Revels, such as the ones in the Brady-Handy Collection at the Library of Congress, were photographed by Mathew Brady in Washington DC during his term as senator. The photograph in this collection was also taken by Brady but on a different date.
Revels CDV: light, even toning. Minor spotting on print. Penciled notes on mount verso.
Radical Members CDV: Even toning. Light spotting. Handstamp of "Collection of Chas. B. Hall" on verso and penciled notes.
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