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Alexander, Archer


  • [Archer Alexander; born between 1810-1813 and died in 1879 was a slave, an artist's model and a freedman. Alexander was born into slavery on a plantation near Richmond, Virginia, in 1862 he escaped and his way to St. Louis, Missouri. His image was used by artist Thomas Ball in his Freedman's Memorial to Abraham Lincoln (Emancipation Monument) in Lincoln Park, Washington, D.C.]
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    • found: The story of Archer Alexander, 1885
    • found: LC in RLIN, 3/29/93(hdg.: Alexander, Archer)
    • found: Appleton's cycl.(Archer Alexander; freedman; b. 1810; d. 1879; was a slave but in 1863 fled to St. Louis, and was formally liberated later that year)
    • found: African American National Biography, accessed November 26, 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database:(Alexander, Archer; fugitive slave, artist's model, freedman; born near Richmond, Virginia, United States c. 1813 on a plantation owned by the Delaney family; during the early months of the Civil War, he escaped and made his way to St. Louis, where he found work on the estate of the prominent Unionists; spent a brief time working in Illinois until the passage of Missouri's gradual emancipation law of 1863; achieved fame both through William Greenleaf Eliot's biography of him, The Story of Archer Alexander: from slavery to freedom, March 30, 1863, and because his image was used by the artist Thomas Ball in his Freedmen's Memorial to Abraham Lincoln; died 08 December 1879 in St. Louis, Missouri, United States)
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    • [Archer Alexander; born between 1810-1813 and died in 1879 was a slave, an artist's model and a freedman. Alexander was born into slavery on a plantation near Richmond, Virginia, in 1862 he escaped and his way to St. Louis, Missouri. His image was used by artist Thomas Ball in his Freedman's Memorial to Abraham Lincoln (Emancipation Monument) in Lincoln Park, Washington, D.C.]
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