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[African-Americana] [Slavery and Abolition] [Smith, Joshua Bowen] Marshall, Augustus
Carte-de-Visite Portrait of the Abolitionist Joshua Bowen Smith
Boston, 1874. Albumen carte-de-visite photograph, 3 ¾ x 2 ¼ inches, on original mount with photographer's mark to verso. Very Good. Joshua Bowen Smith was a Boston-based abolitionist and conductor on the Underground Railroad, who also owned his own catering company. Born in Philadelphia to a British father and mother of African-American and American Indian ancestry, Smith received a Quaker education on scholarship before moving to Boston. In Boston, he befriended the abolitionists Charles Sumner and John J. Fatal, and became involved in the abolitionist movement. He co-founded the New England Freedom Association, an African-American organization to aid fugitive slaves. He was a member of the Boston Vigilance Committee, and harbored runaway slaves in his home in Cambridge. He established his own catering company at age 36 and catered Harvard's commencement dinners. A bright copy of an uncommon image, in very good condition with light age-related wear.
Bookseller: Auger Down Books [United States]
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