Many of the great African American leaders and historical figures are commemorated with black history posters.
Collecting Black History Posters
African Americans have had a significant impact on the course of American history. One of the best ways to pay homage to those who fought to end slavery and to abolish segregation is to collect and display posters depicting their images and heroic efforts. Posters are a popular collectible item, and there are many opportunities for those interested in black history to build impressive collections.
Posters of Slavery Era Heroes
Harriet Tubman is immortalized in history as the conductor of the Underground Railroad. You can order a poster edition of Paul Collins' famous painting of the Tubman guiding slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad from Amazon.
Frederick Douglass, who learned to read at an early age even though he was a slave, eventually escaped slavery and became an active abolitionist. He went on to write the autobiographical Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. Art.com carries several posters depicting Douglass and his contributions to African American history.
A moving poster, aptly titled Colored Men poster, depicts the image of Abraham Lincoln superimposed above a civil war battlefield. This moving poster shows Americans divided, one side fighting to abolish slavery, the other side fighting to keep it.
Following the civil war, slavery was abolished, but the fight for equality and recognition was just beginning for African Americans. The country entered a segregationist period, in which blacks and whites were kept apart under the doctrine of "separate but equal."
During the segregationist period, one of the most telling images of the times was the existence of the Negro Baseball League, which was eventually done away with following de-segregation.
The fight for civil rights was a tumultuous time in American history, where many great leaders, black and white, stepped up to fight for equality. The Civil Rights Leaders poster, available at Art.com, depicts 12 of the most influential citizens in the fight for civil rights in America.
More Leaders Who Made a Difference
- Agricultural scientist and educator George Washington Carver discovered hundreds of uses for peanuts, soybeans, sweet potatoes, and pecans.
- Attorney Thurgood Marshall became the first black Supreme Court Justice.
- Born into slavery, Booker T. Washington went on to become a teacher and in 1881 founded the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, which is still in operations today.
African American Groups
Some of the most impressive and moving posters depicting black history portray groups rather than individual citizens. There is something particularly moving about seeing the joint efforts of those who united together as pioneers for civil rights and equality in society.
- Buffalo Soldiers
- African American Writers
- Famous African American Women
- Famous African Americans
- The Tuskegee Airmen
Where to Purchase Posters
Posters representing historically significant individuals, groups, and events are available from many online retailers. The following websites carry full lines of black history posters at affordable prices.
Commemorating African American Leaders & Heroes
With so many noble leaders paving the way for civil rights in America, you can also let history books be your guide as you build your collection.