The State Library’s Annual Juneteenth Celebration and Exhibition

Discoveries in the California State Library’s Archives

By Gary F. Kurutz

President Lincoln Signing the Emancipation Proclamation. This 1864 engraving is based on a painting by W. E. Winner. it was published in Philadelphia by John Dainty.
The first California printing of the Emancipation Proclamation was beautifully lithographed in San Francisco.

I. The Emancipation Proclamation and Thirteenth Amendment

The First California Printing of the Emancipation Proclamation

The California State Legislature commissioned this beautiful broadside to celebrate the ratification of the 13th Amendment.

II. Rare Books on Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement

The Horror of the Atlantic Passage

One of the best known illustrations showing the horrors of the Atlantic passage is this foldout that appeared in Thomas Clarkson’s three- volume work on the history of the slave trade.

III. The African American Experience in California

Daguerreotypes of Black Miners

Thomas Gilman, a free man, stands in front of his home at his ranch at Shaw’s Flat, Tuolumne County.
The Black panther movement generated a wide array of visually exciting material including this spectacular poster promoting the election of Huey Newton to Congress and Bobby Seale to the State Legislature.

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