Third generation ceiling, first generation carving (c.1750). Colonial American homes were not always simple affairs.
“King Cotton.” On this Good Friday, may we remember and pay our respects to Gordon, the escaped slave from a Louisiana plantation whose back was literally ripped apart by the whip on Christmas day in 1862. Gordon spent two months in bed recuperating after the beating and it was then that he decided to run as far and as fast as he could. By the time Gordon escaped in March of 1863, slave labor in the United States was producing over 2 BILLION pounds of cotton per year making up two thirds of the world’s global supply.
When Gordon's master learned of his escape, he then recruited several neighbors and they took off after Gordon with a pack of bloodhounds. Gordon, anticipating that he would be chased, packed with him several onions and rubbed them all over his body which threw the dogs off his scent. He continued running and 10 days and 80 miles later, covered in filth and blood, found refuge with the Union Army at Baton Rouge where he enlisted as President Lincoln had granted African Americans the right to serve in segregated units several months earlier.
During Gordon’s medical examination, military doctors saw the brutal scarring on his back and the photographic team of McPherson and Oliver, who were present at the camp, took photos of Gordon…later mass-producing and selling them…smh.
This photo of Gordon was used and recognized as an indictment of slavery and later in July of 1863, Harper’s Weekly published the image with the article, “A Typical Negro.” The article highlighting Gordon’s escape and the brutality of slavery in the South, turned Gordon into a hero among African-Americans even inspiring many free blacks in the North to enlist. There aren’t any records indicating what ever happened to Gordon. 🏆🙏🏿 #slavery#kingcotton#thefabricofourlives#antebellumsouth#capitalism#fbf❤️#americanhistory#blackpeople#libations#ancestors#silkscreen#printmaking#mixedmediaart#goodfriday#contemporary_art#collageartwork#reflectionsofaman
Trinity Churchyard, at Wall Street and Broadway, is where Alexander Hamilton, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, Angelica Schuyler Church, Philip Hamilton, William Bradford, Franklin Wharton, Robert Fulton, Captain James Lawrence, William Alexander, Lord Stirling, Francis Lewis, and Albert Gallatin are buried.