Philip David Sang Digital Collection

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Poster offering reward for escaped enslaved person


The Philip David Sang Collection contains unpublished and published works and ephemera united by its focus on the struggle of Africans and African Americans through the Middle Passage to the civil rights movement.

During the 20th century, Chicago native and former president of the Illinois State Historical Society Philip David Sang collected a wide variety of documents and manuscripts exploring American history. The majority of the collection, and the selections made available here, document the African American experience in slavery and in the resistance that culminated in its abolition. Collection series include Abolitionism, Runaways, Inventory and Birth Records.

The Philip David Sang Collection is housed in the Vivian G. Harsh Collection of Afro-American History and Literature at Woodson Regional Library.

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