1. Creator/Author:
  2. Adalbert Johann Volck (35)

Free Negroes in Hayti (Cannibalism)

Creator:
Adalbert Johann Volck
Location:
Maryland, Baltimore
Origin Date:
1861-1863
Materials:
paper
Measurements:
overall: 9 1/2 in x 12 1/8 in
Item ID:
71.2009.081.2082
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Fine Art

Description

This etching is a political cartoon by Adalbert Volck, a Southern sympathizer living in Baltimore, Maryland, during the United States Civil War. This cartoon, one of the Confederate War Etchings series, depicts five former slaves living in Haiti in the 1860s in the foreground next to a large rock on top of which is a dead infant with a knife sticking out of it. One figure is beating a drum, another is holding a pole with the child's head on top, and another is a bare-breasted woman with a tambourine. Next to the rock is a man holding his hands skyward and a man sitting on the ground. In the background is another bare-breasted woman and a man gnawing on a human arm. This cartoon expresses Volck's belief that African Americans were not truly civilized human beings. The number 27 appears above the top left corner of the image. Original etching one of thirty published in Volck's "Confederate War Etchings." Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum