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thecivilwarparlor: “ Rare Photo of Two Unidentified Boys Kentuckiana Digital Library via University of Kentucky [Identification of item], The Belle Brezing Photographic Collection, Special Collections, University of Kentucky. Note: Unable to.

wilson chinn, slavery, louisiana, slave punishment, the civil war, slave life, black history, 1863

USA --- Wilson Chinn, a freed slave from Louisiana, poses with equipment used to punish slaves. Such images were used to set Northern resolve against slaveholders during the American Civil War. --- Image by © CORBIS

Cudjo Lewis (1841–1935) is considered the last survivor of the last slave ship to enter the United States. He was born around 1841 to a Yoruba family in the Banté region of Dahomey (today Benin).

Beautiful photography on the porch. Cudjo Lewis is considered the last survivor of the last slave ship to enter the United States. He was born around 1841 to a Yoruba family in the Banté region of Dahomey (today Benin).

Appalachian people who boasted of Portuguese ancestry to avoid slavery were actually African descendants

Ancient Appalachian people boasted of having Portuguese ancestry to avoid slavery. Genetic evidence shows that the families historically called Melungeons are the offspring of sub-Saharan African men and white women of northern or central European origin.

African American Drummer Boy, Civil War. National Archives Online Exhibit.

This is an African American drummer boy in the Union army. I would mention how the youngest drummer boy ever was just seven years old, and how young boys would frequently run away to enlist as drummer boys.

A "self-liberated" teen woman arrives in Cincinnati: The two men were in Wisconsin’s 22nd Infantry Regiment, with "numerous sympathizers to the abolitionist cause.” They escorted the woman from Nicholasville, Kentucky, to the home of Levi Coffin, in Cincinnati, Ohio, disguising her as a “mulatto soldier boy.” The young woman, whose name is not identified, went on to Racine, Wisconsin. More of her story at the click!

Wisconsin Union Soldiers and Runaway Freedwoman

Runaway teenage slave from Kentucky was helped to freedom by these two Wisconsin Union soldiers in They disguised her as a mulatto soldier boy. (From the Library of Congress)

Ruby Bridges For Real  Working Photograph of Ruby Bridges used by Norman Rockwell in his famous painting “The Problem We All Live With.”

Ruby Bridges For Real Working Photograph of Ruby Bridges used by Norman Rockwell in his famous painting “The Problem We All Live With.

Priceless photo of enslaved Selina Gray who was the head housekeeper for  Confederate General Robert E. Lee. She is credited with defending Arlington House during the Civil War and thereby saving treasured heirlooms belonging to  George Washington.

This is a very rare photo of Robert E. Lee’s slaves Selina Gray, personal maid to Robert’s wife Mary Anna, and her children. When the Lee family abandoned their Arlington house, his wife handed the.

The FIRST Black Senator; a RARE photograph and great portrait by Mathew Brady - a cabinet card photograph of Hiram Rhoades Revels (1822-1901). Of mixed African and Indian descent, he was a Methodist minister and later the first Black Senator (Mississippi) during Reconstruction, later the President of Alcorn University.

Hiram Rhoades Revels the first Black Senator. Of mixed African & Indian descent, he was a Methodist minister; later the first Black Senator (Mississippi) during Reconstruction; later still, the President of Alcorn University. Photo by Matthew Brady

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