James Madison Bell portrait photograph   Save
Printed Material
Description: This portrait shows an elderly James Madison Bell, of Gallipolis, Ohio, wearing formal attire. Born April 3, 1826, Bell was a poet, orator and anti-slavery activist, and a free man of color whose poetry was dedicated to abolition. He lived briefly in Chatham, Ontario, Canada, a significant stop on the Underground Railroad, before moving to California where some of his poems were published in The Pacific Appeal, an African American newspaper in San Fransisco. In 1901, he published 27 of his poems in a book: "The Poetical Works of James Madison Bell." This print originally appeared in his book. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AL05169
Subjects: Bell, James Madison, 1826-1902; Emancipation of slaves; Abolitionists; Underground Railroad; Civil rights; African American men; Slavery
Places: Cincinnati (Ohio); Hamilton County (Ohio); California