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Phelps, Anson New York Colonization Society certificate of membership for Alexander Fraser

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05781 Author/Creator: Phelps, Anson Place Written: [New York] Type: Document signed Date: 26 February 1854 Pagination: 1 sheet 35.7 x 25.2 cm

Summary of Content: Certificate of membership for life for Alexander Fraser of Fowlerville. The certificate has a large engraving at top showing a white man shaking the hands of thankful naked Africans while a ship rides at anchor in the background. Two scriptural quotations appear at bottom. Signed Anson Phelps as President (or possibly corresponding secretary).

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Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: ReligionReform MovementAfrican American HistoryColonizationSlaveryAfrica

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery

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