Chapter 15: shades of colour.
The Negro is seen in Virginia
under two aspects --an ideal aspect and a practical aspect.
In the library of the Capitol
stands a figure called the Nation
's Ward — a Negro boy, in all the freshness of his youth and all the impotence of his race.
The Negro type is softened, but not into that of the African Sibyl
, in which Story has enchanted into stone the sadness and pathos of a servile people.
In the nation's ward, the face is rich in sunshine, and the figure ripples over with animal vivacity.
The eyes seem lifted up in search of light.
Free, and conscious of his freedom, the Negro youth is still perplexed.
What shall he do with his great gift?
Virile and plucky, strong to labour and quick to learn, he yet requires to see his way. Such is your ideal picture of the Negro child.
In the shop windows of Richmond