Advisor: Shannon Egan, Gettysburg College

Consultant: Lauren H. Roedner, Gettysburg College


Dianne Brennan, Gettysburg College

Maura B. Conley '16, Gettysburg College

Abigail B. Conner '15, Gettysburg College

Nicole A. Conte '15, Gettysburg College

Victoria Perez-Zetune '16, Gettysburg College

Savannah Rose '17, Gettysburg College

Kaylyn L. Sawyer '17, Gettysburg College

Caroline M. Wood '15, Gettysburg College

Zoe Yeoh '18, Gettysburg College



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Angelo Scarlato’s extraordinary and vast collection of art and artifacts related to the Civil War, and specifically to the Battle of Gettysburg, the United States Colored Troops, slavery and the African American struggle for emancipation, citizenship and freedom has proved to be an extraordinary resource for Gettysburg College students. The 2012-14 exhibition in Musselman Library’s Special Collections, curated by Lauren Roedner ’13, entitled Slaves, Soldiers, Citizens: African American Artifacts of the Civil War Era and its corresponding catalogue provided a powerful and comprehensive historical narrative of the period.

This fall, students in my course at Gettysburg College “Art and Public Policy”—Diane Brennan, Maura Conley, Abigail Conner, Nicole Conte, Victoria Perez-Zetune, Savannah Rose, Kaylyn Sawyer, Caroline Wood and Zoe Yeoh—selected additional objects of material and print culture from Angelo’s private collection and drew from Lauren’s expertise for the exhibition Art, Artifact, Archive: African American Experiences in the Nineteenth Century to investigate public representations of a newly freed population as well as their more personal perspectives. [excerpt]

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Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College


Gettysburg, PA


Civil War, Battle of Gettysburg, United States Colored Troops, USCT, African American, black soldier, Gettysburg College, emancipation, freedom, citizenship, artifact, exhibit, Harper's Weekly, Frederick Douglass, slavery, daguerreotype




Art, Artifact, Archive: African American Experiences in the Nineteenth Century is on exhibition at the Schmucker Art Gallery at Gettysburg College, January 23 - March 7, 2015.