The Tombs was one of the jails and prisons run by Department of Public Charities & Correction. DPC&C had on its annual report covers the same Mother figure giving succor to her needy as on the report covers of its ancestor agency, the Alms House Dept. It managed hospitals & homes for the poor. These included (Click) the Colored Home for the elderly and (Click) the Colored Orphan Asylum.
The image of the cover of the 10th annual report of the Governors of the Alms House (1858), showing Mother New York caring for her children, is dgital copy of a photocopy of the printed volume in the City Hall Library.
For more about that excellent resource, visit
http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/about/chlibrary.shtml
The Colored Orphan Asylum image was extracted from a larger image appearing in the Harlem Dowling West Side Centerís175th Anniversary Journal web page at
http://harlemdowlinggala2007.eventjournal.com/view_about.php?action=page&journal_id=83&page_id=4338