The faces and names of seventeen African-American soldiers who served under Captain William A. Prickitt are recorded in a rare surviving miniature photo album that was treasured by the Union Army officer, passed down through generations of his family, and is now part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. A mix of free and enslaved blacks ranging in age from 15 to 50 who reportedly saved their young officer from extreme illness, the soldiers have been enlarged to life size in colored pencil drawings by Michigan artist Shayne Davidson, who meticulously researched the lives of the men she was depicting. The exhibition features her drawings and research, and includes Civil War-era memorabilia drawn from the collections of Evergreen Museum & Library and the Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries.
On view 11am–4pm Tuesday–Friday, noon–4pm Saturday–Sunday (last tour departs at 3pm) / Included with guided museum tour admission, or $3 exhibition only.
Seventeen Men: Portraits of Black Civil War Soldiers will appear in the North Wing Gallery.
A Civil War granddaughter encounters rare image of grandfather at Evergreen Museum, The Baltimore Sun, December 9, 2016.
This little book holds a lot of history, WBAL-TV, December 9, 2016.
Evergreen Museum displays portraits of Civil War soldiers history overlooked, Johns Hopkins University HUB, December 14, 2016.
This exhibition is curated by James Archer Abbott, the Franklin Philip Wagley Director and Curator of Evergreen Museum & Library.
The exhibition and accompanying publication are supported, in part, by the Evergreen House Foundation, the Evergreen Museum & Library Advisory Council, and the Maryland State Arts Council.