Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; Gift of Auldlyn Higgins Williams and E.T. Williams in memory of Hazel Shearer Thomas Gray and her mother Emma Shearer Thomas
A printed copy of the Christian Bible printed in 1869, containing the family history of Richard Collins. Blank pages between the Old Testament and the New Testament are filled in with the marriage, birth, and death dates of various members of Collins's family, including his ancestors and his descendants. The information is written in ink and pencil by at least two different hands. The book has been rebound in a tooled leather-covered cardboard cover. A red satin ribbon page marker is attached at the top edge of the spine.
H x W (closed): 5 × 3 5/8 × 1 13/16 in. (12.7 × 9.2 × 4.6 cm)
Small leather bound text with metal clasps attached to the center PR edge of the front and back cover. The interlocking metal pieces which perhaps once held the bible together as extensions of these metal clasps are now missing. There is an embossed, symmetrical pattern on the covers; the central design is a large oval with two smaller circles at the top and bottom apexes of the central oval. Surrounding and embellishing these three prominent shapes are ornate design details and flourishes more worn down with age than the larger shapes. There is a partial binding along the spine of the text, but it should be noted that the bible is fragile and can be pulled apart into smaller groupings of pages if not handled with caution.