Slaves, Soldiers, Citizens: African American Artifacts of the Civil War Era


Special Collections, Musselman Library

Summer Hours: Wednesday through Friday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

For more information, please call 717-337-7002

Exhibit open Fall 2012 - December 2013

This photograph is of the Cazenovia, New York post of the Grand Army of the Republic.
Grand Army of the Republic

This exhibit follows African Americans on their journey from the antebellum days of slavery through the Civil War years as United States Colored Troops and freedmen to citizenship in post-bellum America. These artifacts and documents are on generous loan from the private collection of Angelo Scarlato.  Mr. Scarlato is a retired educator who has been collecting materials on the 19th century African American experience, the Battle of Gettysburg and Adams County history for over 30 years. Special Collections is honored to have these unique primary sources on exhibit for our students and researchers.

This exhibit coincides with Gettysburg College’s American Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration. The College will sponsor events and programs throughout the anniversary. 2013 will mark the 150th anniversary of the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Battle of Gettysburg, and President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. For more information, visit Gettysburg College 150th Commemoration of the Civil War

Exhibit Collection Courtesy of Angelo Scarlato

Student Curator: Lauren Roedner, Class of 2013

Special thanks to Africana Studies, the Civil War Institute, and the Sesquicentennial Committee