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Henry Garnet

Henry Garnet
Artist
Samuel Sartain, 1830 - 1906
Copy after
J. Bruce
Sitter
Henry Highland Garnet, 1815 - 1882
Date
c. 1865
Type
Print
Medium
Engraving on paper
Dimensions
Sheet: 22.4 x 14.4 cm (8 13/16 x 5 11/16")
Book: 23.1 x 15.2 x 1.1 cm (9 1/8 x 6 x 7/16")
Topic
Book
Illustration
Henry Highland Garnet: Male
Henry Highland Garnet: Religion and Spirituality\Clergy\Clergyman
Henry Highland Garnet: Communications\Journalist\Editor
Henry Highland Garnet: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Minister
Henry Highland Garnet: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Abolitionist
Henry Highland Garnet: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Temperance
Henry Highland Garnet: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Consul
Portrait
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
NPG.2007.150
Exhibition Label
Born Kent County, Maryland
After escaping enslavement in Maryland in 1824, Henry Highland Garnet became a minister and abolitionist who urged insurrection as the surest route to freedom. This dignified portrait was published with Garnet’s “Memorial Discourse,” delivered on February 12, 1865, to mark the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. In his sermon— the first ever delivered by an African American before the House of Representatives—Garnet praised the “legions of black men” who “went forth to fight a double battle” in the Civil War. “The foes of their country were before them, while the enemies of freedom and of their race surrounded them.”
Nacido en Kent County, Maryland
Tras escapar a la esclavitud en Maryland en 1824, Henry Highland Garnet se convirtió en pastor y abolicionista, abogando por la insurrección como la ruta más segura hacia la libertad. Este digno retrato se publicó con el “Discurso de conmemoración” pronunciado por Garnet el 12 de febrero de 1865 para celebrar la aprobación de la 13a Enmienda. En este sermón, el primero dado por un afroamericano ante la Cámara de Representantes, Garnet elogió a “las legiones de hombres negros” que “marcharon a librar una doble batalla” en la Guerra Civil. “Frente a ellos estaban los enemigos de su país, y a su alrededor los enemigos de la libertad y de su raza”.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition
2022 Rehang of Out of Many: Portraits from 1600 to 1900
On View
NPG, East Gallery 111
Exhibition
Civil War Gallery Rehang
On View
NPG, East Gallery 111