US Capitol, east view, 1853

Light and chemistry created the shiny, silvery portraits of people and places that were once America. These images, called daguerreotypes, extended American democracy, recording pictures of people, places, and events of the powerful and the poor. From President Abraham Lincoln to an east view of the US Capitol to the earliest images of American female workers to African-Americans who returned to Africa, daguerreotypes document a remarkable American landscape.

In 1824, Jane Waring emigrated to Liberia and in 1836, married Joseph Jenkins Roberts, Liberia's first President.

Solomon Nunes Carvalho, a Charleston-born Jew explored the west with Charleston-raised John Frémont. Abraham Lincoln, ca. 1846-47, Member, US House of Representatives, ILL A Carvalho daguerreotype of a Cheyenne village, ca. 1853, copied by Matthew Brady.

America's First Images
A Southern Perlo Exhibit in the Griot's Gallery
Connecting the American Experience
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Urias McGill, a Liberian-American business man, owned several trans-Atlantic ships.

the Griot's Gallery is this single page of affordable history

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One of the earliest images of an American working woman, ca. 1853.

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