Fugitive Slave Law Convention, Cazenovia, New York (Case Verso)

Ezra Greenleaf Weld

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Among the two thousand participants at the 1850 abolitionist convention in upstate New York, there were nearly fifty runaway slaves. This small image features the legendary Edmonson sisters, both dressed in plaid, and the famous orator and escaped slave Frederick Douglass, seated between the two sisters. This <span class="text-link" onclick="javascript:link(84, 332, event);">daguerreotype was given to imprisoned abolitionist William Chaplin, who had helped many of the attendees escape to freedom. The photographic record enabled Chaplin to share in the convention's success and to see the vastness of the assembled crowd.


  • Title: Fugitive Slave Law Convention, Cazenovia, New York (Case Verso)
  • Creator: Ezra Greenleaf Weld
  • Date Created: August 22, 1850
  • Location Created: Unknown
  • Physical Dimensions: 6.7 × 5.4 cm (2 5/8 × 2 1/8 in.)
  • Type: Cased object
  • Medium: Daguerreotype
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 84.XT.1582.5
  • Culture: American
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: After Ezra Greenleaf Weld (American, 1801 - 1874)
  • Classification: Photographs (Visual Works)

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