A manuscript of a work, "An Outline of Resurrection City as Used," heavily notated with fiber-tip pen, blue colored pencil, and graphite pencil. The pages are single-sided with typed black ink. The work begins with three unnumbered pages followed by pages numbered 2 through 22, for a total of 25 pages. The second page, unnumbered, features a diagram of Resurrection City on the National Mall. An example of a handwritten note on the object appears on Page 2 in the left margin adjacent to underlined type and reads [WHAT DOES / THIS IMPLY / ABOUT SUCCESS OR / FAILURE OF / R. CITY?]. Handwritten comments appear in at least three separate hands: one in orange pen and occasionally in graphite, one exclusively in graphite, and one in blue colored pencil. Page 4 features an organizational chart of Resurrection City. The front cover has light damage at the corners, and pages are creased at the corners from handling.
A sheet of paper with song lyrics handwritten by Willie Dixon in dark pen. The lyrics are to Dixon's song "You Need Love." Signed in the lower right corner by Ronnie Wood. There are no inscriptions on the back.
To Visit Your Husband: Harriet Lawson’s Pass, 1832
Harriet Lawson carried this pass to visit her husband, Caleb, at work in a nearby town. As free blacks, the Lawsons could legally marry, but Maryland placed limits on their liberty. If they traveled without a pass, they could be fined $20 or sold into slavery.
The Back of Lawson’s Pass
If stopped, Lawson would face the humiliation of being physically inspected. This pass described her as: “Black, 29 yrs of age five feet high has a mole on the right side of her right eye no other perceptible mark.”
Source: Nancy Bercaw, Curator, Slavery and Freedom
A free woman's pass for a free African American woman, Harriet Lawson, to visit her husband Caleb Lawson, signed in Frederick County, Maryland, on May 21, 1832. Davis Richardson is listed as the witness. The pass is on a single sheet of paper. There is handwriting in ink on both recto and verso, handwriting in pencil on verso only. The proper right side has discoloration and abrasions with loss of paper along the edge but no apparent loss of text. The ink writing from the verso side is visible faintly through to the recto side. Creases remain from the pass having been folded twice, once lengthwise and once widthwise.
A manuscript titled “The Tulsa Race Riot and Three of Its Victims” by B. C. Franklin. The unpublished manuscript consists of ten pages written in black type on yellowed paper. It was written ten years after the Tulsa Riots on August 22, 1931 and recounts the events of the Tulsa Riot as witnessed by the author. The pages contain an account of Franklin witnessing three men being killed by the mob. The manuscript is signed by B.C. Franklin on the last page.