School copy book used by Hannah Amelia Lyons

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Printed by
Price, Philip Jr., American
Used by
Lyons, Hannah Amelia, American
Medium
ink on paper, string
Dimensions
H x W: 13 x 8 in. (33 x 20.3 cm)
Type
workbooks
Place printed
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Date
1830-1836
Caption
Hannah A. Lions’s School Copy Book, 1831
Attending school in Philadelphia, Hannah Lions copied down her math, history, and poetry lessons in this notebook. Her family saved this book as "proof that there were some educated [black] people way back when."
Source: Nancy Bercaw, Curator, Slavery and Freedom
Description
A school copy book printed by Philip Price in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and used by Hannah Amelia Lyons. The book has paper covers bound on the proper left side. A length of knotted pink string extends from the top edge of the binding, serving as a bookmark. Several engravings are printed on the front and back covers. On the front cover is a portrait of John Adams entitled "Late President of the United States," above an allegorical scene and space for the owner to sign the book, followed by the printer's name. The back cover has an image of an eagle flying over open waters between two ships and clasping a banner reading "SHIPPED" in its beak. Below the eagle is a floral sprig on the left and a grouping of masonic symbols on the right, with a thin scrollwork border below them. Below the border is a shield with an eagle inside it holding a banner reading "E Pluribus Unum". Below the shield are two separate allegorical scenes. The interior pages contain various school exercises including mathematics and poetry.
Topic
African American
Children
Education
Free communities of color
United States--History--1815-1861
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Hope Evans Boyd
Object number
2012.124.2
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Classification
Documents and Published Materials
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Exhibition
Slavery and Freedom
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 3, C3 053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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