Augustus Washington: Looks to Liberia

  title={Augustus Washington: Looks to Liberia},
  author={Shawn M. Smith},
  journal={Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art},
  pages={13 - 6}
  • Shawn M. Smith
  • Published 1 November 2017
  • History
  • Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art
41 • November 2017 6 • Nka DOI 10.1215/10757163-4271608 © 2017 by Nka Publications I n 1853 the African American daguerreotypist Augustus Washington left his home in Hartford, Connecticut, to begin a new life in Monrovia, Liberia. Renouncing the nation of his birth, he and his wife, Cordelia, along with their two children, joined thousands of other free African Americans in a quest to help build a new black nation. Washington began his career in Liberia as a photographer, and his daguerreotypes… 

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