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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division

Identification for "Colored People"

The status of Northern free blacks dramatically diminished during the nineteenth century. They had few rights and faced many social, political, and economic restrictions. State and federal regulations, social customs, and popular pressure relegated them to lower positions. After the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, they were often forced to prove their free status on demand, or have a white person vouch for them.

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Image ID: 1206623
Title: Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad. Notice to Colored people.
Source: Miscellaneous nineteenth century collections.
Location: Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Subjects: Advertisements
Free African Americans
Freedmen -- United States
Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Rail Road Company
Race discrimination -- United States

Keywords: Fugitive Slave Act
Identity Papers
Railroads - Discrimination
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