Liberty Protects the Marriage Altar: Detail from The Fifteenth Amendment, Celebrated May 19th, 1870
African Americans, marriage, family
In this detail of his lithograph celebrating the ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment, James Carter Beard illustrated the ability of African Americans ability to marry legally, a right they had been forbidden under slavery.
James Carter Beard
Library of Virginia, Prints and Photographs Division
Library of Virginia
15th Amendment DET Marriage 13-1162-009