April 22, 2017 A Black Man Cleaning the Sidewalk of Wall-Street, New York, USA, 1856 Free Black laborers played a central role in the economy of the Northern United States, as this image of a street cleaner on Wall Street shows. The Illustrated London News, 27 September 1856. Courtesy of University of Missouri Libraries. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.