Orange printed wraps. 45 pp. With a few photos. A summary of the Cotton Centennial Exposition held in New Orleans from 1884-85, which due to its success, expanded its scope and became known as the North Central and South American Exposition of 1885-86. The report focuses heavily on Vermont and its industries present at the exposition, while also addressing financial aspects. Also present are several pages devoted to "colored exhibits" "Emancipation Day," and "Colored Department's Day/American Negro's Day." These address exhibits devoted to African Americans and their art, industry and contributions to the United States. Most of this is summarized through an address by Dr. E.A.P. Albert, an African-American clergyman who cites African-American contributions to the growth and success of the United States in war (Revolutionary, War of 1812 and the Civil War), despite coming to the US as slaves against their will. Albert states that the South is starting to help African-Americans attain education and employment, and cites some figures such as 7,000,000 African-Americans in the US, with "1,000,000 children in school; publishing over 80 newspapers; furnishing nearly 16,000 school teachers, [.] a saving of $56,000,000 in the fraudulent Freedman's Bank," and mentioning that those figures were established by white men. GOOD condition. Moderate dampstaining along to the wrappers along the spine edge, slightly affecting the top edge of the first few pages. General toning. Minor soiling. Wrappers chipped, with minor loss, along the extremities. Minor creasing and tearing along the edges.