Mar 31, 2016 - Sale 2408

Sale 2408 - Lot 65

Price Realized: $ 4,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
THE BLACK COMMUNITY REACTS TO DRED SCOTT (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) DRED SCOTT DECISION. Boston Massacre, March 5th, 1770 . . . Commemorative Festival, at Faneuil Hall, Friday March 5th, 1858, PROTEST AGAINST THE DRED SCOTT DECISION. Four page flyer/program, decoratively printed on pale salmon-colored paper with a vignette engraving of the Bunker's Hill massacre at the top. Boston: William C. Nell, 1858

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a rare flyer, describing an important event. William C. Nell (1816-1874) organized this evening to commemorate Crispus Attucks and others as martyrs of the Revolution but also to protest the supreme court and judge taney's decision on dred scott, whose case had dragged on for years. Speeches were delivered by Wendell Phillips, William Lloyd Garrison, Dr. John S. Rock, Charles Lenox Remond, Theodore Parker and Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Nell had also arranged for a number of items to be on display, emblematic of slavery and injustice. Among these pieces were various receipts for the sale of slaves, as well as this item: "Arabic sentences written by a Black Man owned by Gen. Owen of Wilmington, N.C." This was none other than Omar ibn Said, whose manuscript narrative was rediscovered and sold in these rooms in 1996. Omar's Narrative remains the only slave narrative written in an African slave's own written language, Arabic. This flyer also bears a long poem "A Parody on Red, White and Blue," written by Charlotte Forten, and sung by a male quartet with Amanda Scott. This flyer and the event it describes are discussed at length in Dorothy and Constance Porter's monumental work "William C. Nell, Selected Writings 1832-1874," pages 501-514.