19th Century Black Women Were Eloquently Present–Victorian Style

“…[19th Century] black women, despite their absence from conventional histories, were in fact eloquently present.” ~Bert James Loewenberg

Freed Ladies_An Auxillary Organization of the African American Civil War Museum

African American Civil War Museum

The purpose of my journey as a Living Historian is to capture the lives of Southern 19th Century African American women because with every passing generation their voices fade. FREED, an auxiliary organization of the African American Civil War Museum, focuses on remembering the military service of the United States Colored Troops. In similar fashion, I will have an opportunity, via an organization called the Order of the Confederate Rose, to recognize the contributions of men and women who provided military service to the Confederate States Army.

Capturing the essence of women during this era is of most importance because the masses are unaware of their contributions, accomplishments–their eloquence.

Highlighting the good in humanity,
Ann DeWitt

Reference: “Black Women in Nineteenth-Century American Life: Their Words, Their Thoughts” by Bert James Loewenberg and Ruth Bogin

Featured Photograph courtesy of The Pennsylvania State University