U.S. Capitol Visitor Center U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Go Back

Go to Interactive Version


The Shackle Broken – By the Genius of Freedom, 1874

The Shackle Broken – By the Genius of Freedom, 1874

This illustration shows South Carolina Representative Robert B. Elliott delivering a speech in favor of the Civil Rights Act. Surrounding the central image are scenes of African-American soldiers in the Civil War, a farm and statues of President Abraham Lincoln and Senator Charles Sumner.

Lithograph, E. Sachse & Co., ca. 1874, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress