Tribute to African Americans
[AfricanAmerican Heritage Month - February, 2012]

Collective Research by the 8th Grade Class [Core Group]

The 8th grade class [core group] was asked to do collective research at the Library of Congress web site to pay tribute to the African Americans and in keeping with African American Heritage Month [February]. They went online at:

to collect photographs and information about the African Americans that comprise The William A. Gladstone Collection of African American Photographs.

This tribute to the African Americans is also a classroom exercise to create greater awareness of the utilization of the Library of Congress web site to study:

American History, Arts and Culture, Government, Politics and Law, Maps and Geography, News and Journalism, Religion and Philosophy, Science and Technology, Business, Sports and Leisure, World History and Cultures.

About The William A. Gladstone Collection of African American Photographs:

The William A. Gladstone Collection of African American Photographs provides almost 350 images showing African Americans and related military and social history. The Civil War era is the primary time period covered, with scattered examples through 1945. Most of the images are photographs, including 270 cartes de visite.

Subjects of special note include Sojourner Truth, fugitive slaves, former slave children from New Orleans, and freed slaves at Seabrook Plantation in South Carolina. Military service photographs document participation in the Civil War, Indian Wars, Spanish American War, and World War I. Several photographs show Buffalo Soldiers, and one album is filled with portraits of officers of the 25th United States Colored Troops. Baseball is the theme for a group portrait from Danbury, CT, and a panoramic view of the 1924 Colored World Series opening game.

The Library of Congress purchased this collection from William A. Gladstone in 1995. Gladstone's distinctive ownership logo appears on the backs of many photographs.

The teacher [Mr. Chambers] is also a documentary photographer:

Click on names below to open the students' research papers in PDF format.

Kimberly Alaniz Brandon Aleman Angelica Arellano Kevin Arroyo Xavier Barreda
Eduardo Barrera Aide Benavides Jennifer Cabanas Alejandro Castaneda Richard Castillo
Ana Contreras Luis Duran America Echeverria Kevin Gonzalez Orlando Gonzalez
Esmeralda Gutierrez Maria Guzman Sergio Hernandez Jorge Herrera Hugo Irene
Juliana Jurado Eduardo Lira Francisca Lopez Cristian Mandujano Raul Martinez
Stacy Martinez Manuel Mendez Janet Mendiola Brian Navarro Nairyly Nieves
Julio Ojeda Zaira Ojeda Ulises Pena Nayeli Perez Yaritza Portillo
Dulce Ramirez Martin Resendiz Jocelyne Rivera Julisa Robledo Klarissa Rodriguez
Melissa Rodriguez Francisco Rosas Lizbeth Salas Areli Salazar Jasmin Silvas
Luis Solis Ariadna Suazo Israel Uyoa