A membership certificate to the American Colonization Society for Sarah Emlen Cresson signed by James Madison as the president of the society on February 22, 1832. The certificate has pre-printed text with spaces for filling in the date and member name by hand. At the center top of the certificate is a bundle of dark clouds with a half-circle of sun rays bursting from it. At the center bottom is a seal that shows a ship following a bird across the ocean to Liberia with text in the outer rim reading "LUX IN TENEBRIS / AM: COL: SOC: A.D. 1816." The seal is surrounded by various types of foliage. The certificate is signed in the bottom left corner by "R.R. Gurley, Secretary" and in the bottom right corner by "James Madison Presed't" inside the lined border of the certificate, and in the bottom left corner outside the border "Attest / Elliott Cresson / 1 mo 8. 1834". The reverse is blank.
A black and white photograph of a theatre production. On the proper right side a boy is sitting in a chair. He is wearing a suit and tie. His legs are crossed at the ankles and his hands are on his lap. There is a boy standing behind him. He is wearing a white chef's coat and hat, and is wearing blackface. On the proper left there is a girl sitting in a chair. She is wearing a fancy white ruffled dress. Her dark hair is pulled back and is parted in the middle. Her hands are folded on her lap and she has a bracelet on her proper left arm. There is a girl standing behind her with a striped dress, an apron, and a headscarf. She is also wearing blackface. The boy sitting in the chair is Oliver Howard Horner.
Part of a doorway is visible on the proper right side. It is mostly covered by a folding screen with floral fabric. There is also a folding screen with fabric on the proper left side. There is fabric hanging on the wall in the center and there is a fake fireplace in the middle. It is made with fabric and hand drawn bricks with a hand drawn grate in the center. There is black fabric draped on top for a mantle. There are two pictures on top of the "mantle" and there is also a picture hanging on the wall on the proper left side.
The photograph is dry mounted on a dark grey board. The bottom proper right corner of the board is missing. There are several areas along the edges where the grey part of the board has peeled off. The back of the board is grey. There is a long white stain in the center at the bottom. The corners have peeled of slightly.