Callie House was a national leader in the movement to grant pensions to ex-slaves. In 1898, the former slave was elected assistant secretary of the National Ex-Slave Mutual Relief, Bounty & Pension Association of the United States of America (MRB&PA). In this article, Perry describes how the Bureau of Pensions, the Post Office Department, and the Justice Department undermined the efforts of House, Isaiah Dickerson, and the MRB&PA.
The article includes a broadside with photos of House and Dickerson (below), a Certificate of Membership in the MRB&PA, and an ex-slave pension bill that proposed a pension payment scale based upon the age of beneficiaries.
|This broadside features both Isaiah Dickerson and Callie House (Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, RG 15)|