Diorama from Sanitary Fair. Diorama depicting black and white children playing together, which is said to have been a lottery prize at the Northwestern Sanitary Fair, Chicago, 1863 or 1864.
A diorama depicting white and black children playing together and expresses hope for a better life for former slaves, one of the central themes of Chicago’s second fair.
In 1863 and 1865 the Chicago branch of the U.S. Sanitary Commission sponsored fund-raising fairs for Union army soldiers and their families. Chiefly organized by volunteer women and held in large exposition halls, the fairs sold a variety of donated goods and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for medical supplies and equipment. This diorama depicting black and white children playing together is from the 1865 fair; it expresses the fair's theme of a better life for former slaves.