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Avery Research Center Artifact Collection

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Blue Amberol cylinder
Blue Amberol cylinder Edison Blue Amberol recording of Fred Van Eps "Darkies Dream" and "Darkies Awakening." Patent information on top of cover reads "1910. John Young, Frederick J Wheeler." Etched into the top of the cylinder is "Thomas A. Edison Patd. 183; 1544 DARKIES DREAM & DARKIES AWAKENING VAN EPS." Bottom of cylinder is imprinted "Seeley Tube and Box Co. Newark, N.J. USA."
Minstrel puppet
Minstrel puppet A minstrel stick puppet. Minstrel shows were a type of entertainment popular from the 1840s to as late as the 1960s that featured performers in blackface. Figure has movable parts connected by pins.
"Free Bobby" pin
"Free Bobby" pin Orange "Free Bobby" pin depicting Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense established in Oakland, California in 1966.
"Free Angela" pin
"Free Angela" pin Peach-colored "Free Angela" pin depicting Angela Davis, political activist associated with the Black Panther Party for Self Defense that was established in 1966 in Oakland, California. Pin also reads "Free all political prisoners."
"Free Huey" pin
"Free Huey" pin Yellow "Free Huey" pin depicting Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense established in Oakland, California in 1966.
NAACP ticket stub
NAACP ticket stub Ticket stub for the NAACP's "Great Night" event, March 6, 1952. The event cost $3.00 and took place in Madison Square Garden, New York City.
Mammy doll
Mammy doll Small "mammy doll" in blackface; "Made in U.S.A." on bottom of left foot.