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Background imageFormer Slave Collection: Confederate family mourning a fallen son, Civil War

Confederate family mourning a fallen son, Civil War
Southern couple with black servant grieving at a battlefield gravesite, 1860s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass portrait. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: Cotton wharf in Charleston SC, 1870s

Cotton wharf in Charleston SC, 1870s
Black stevedores loading bales on the cotton wharf in Charleston, South Carolina, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: Black regiment assaulting Battery Wagner during the US Civil War

Black regiment assaulting Battery Wagner during the US Civil War
54th Massachusetts (Colored) Regiment assaulting Confederate stronghold of Fort Wagner, SC. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: HUSG2A-00045

HUSG2A-00045
Freed slaves wedding dance in a cabin, US South, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: EVCW2A-00145

EVCW2A-00145
Black regiment of the Union army entering Richmond, Virginia, after its own citizens burned ithe city, April 3, 1865, near the end of the Civil War. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: PBLA2A-00003

PBLA2A-00003
Harriet Tubman, the " Moses of her people." Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century photograph

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: Underground Railroad account by William Still

Underground Railroad account by William Still
Title page of William Stills record of the Underground Railroad, published in 1872. Woodcut with a watercolor wash

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: Cartoon about literacy tests in the South, 1870s

Cartoon about literacy tests in the South, 1870s
" The blakman orter be eddikated afore he kin vote with us wites" - cartoon about literacy tests, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century Thomas Nast cartoon

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: Wedding of former slaves in the South, 1870s

Wedding of former slaves in the South, 1870s
Freed African-American couple getting married in a cabin during Reconstruction. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: Funeral of a former black slave, Reconstruction Era

Funeral of a former black slave, Reconstruction Era
Negro funeral in Virginia, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: HUSG2A-00050

HUSG2A-00050
African-American boy reading to his family of former slaves, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: Freed slaves escaping after the Emancipation Proclamation

Freed slaves escaping after the Emancipation Proclamation
Freed Negroes coming into the Union lines at Newbern NC, after the Emancipation Proclamation, 1863. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: Blacks in South Carolina legislature under Reconstruction

Blacks in South Carolina legislature under Reconstruction
Reconstructed South Carolina legislature, including African-American delegates, passing an appropriations bill, 1873. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: Presidential candidate James Garfield defending former slaves

Presidential candidate James Garfield defending former slaves
Presidential candidate James Garfield as " the friend of the freedman, " 1880. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: Blacks crushed by prejudice and violence after emancipation

Blacks crushed by prejudice and violence after emancipation
Immigrant, a southerner, and a businessman combine to declare the US to be " a white mans government, " 1868. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century Thomas Nast cartoon

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: New York draft rioters murdering a black man, 1863

New York draft rioters murdering a black man, 1863
Hanging a black man on Clarkson Street during the New York draft riots, 1863. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: HUSG2A-00026

HUSG2A-00026
African-American outdoor prayer meeting in the South, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: Skidmore Guard reunion in New York City, 1870s

Skidmore Guard reunion in New York City, 1870s
Ball of the Skidmore Guard, a black military organization, NYC, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: Emancipation Proclamation explained to former slaves in Louisiana

Emancipation Proclamation explained to former slaves in Louisiana
US Army officer meeting with African-Americans in Louisiana after the Emancipation Proclamation, 1863. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: Freedmens school in Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1866

Freedmens school in Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1866
Primary school for freedmen, in charge of Mrs. Green, at Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1866. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: Freed slaves attending school in Charleston, South Carolina, 1866

Freed slaves attending school in Charleston, South Carolina, 1866
Zion School for colored children, Charleston, South Carolina, 1866. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: Hampton Institute lecture hall, 1870s

Hampton Institute lecture hall, 1870s
African-American students in the assembly-room at the Hampton Institute in Virginia, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: Voting rights cut away from a black Sampson, 1868

Voting rights cut away from a black Sampson, 1868
Southern Delilah cutting voting rights from a black Samson, 1868. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century Thomas Nast cartoon

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: Black soldier statue, Contraband Camp historic site, Corinth MS

Black soldier statue, Contraband Camp historic site, Corinth MS
Statue of freed slave in 1st Alabama Colored Regiment at Union Armys Contraband Camp in Corinth MS, 1863. Digital photograph

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: AGRI2A-00046

AGRI2A-00046
A turpentine distillery in North Carolina, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: EVCW2A-00066

EVCW2A-00066
Confederate charge against African-American Union soldiers at the Battle of the Crater. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: AGRI2A-00053

AGRI2A-00053
African-American stevedores loading cotton on a ship in Charlestown, South Carolina, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: Black voters in Richmond, Virginia, 1871

Black voters in Richmond, Virginia, 1871
African-American citizens voting in Richmond, Virginia, 1871. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: First black voters in Washington DC, 1867

First black voters in Washington DC, 1867
African-American election official supervising the first black voters in Washington DC, 1867. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: HUSG2A-00015

HUSG2A-00015
African-American man collecting pay for cotton delivered in Austin, Texas, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: HUSG2A-00009

HUSG2A-00009
African-American workers collecting pay after harvesting strawberries in Virginia during Reconstruction. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: HUSG2A-00023

HUSG2A-00023
Freed African-Americans traveling through St Louis, leaving the South after the Civil War. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: HUSG2A-00027

HUSG2A-00027
Visiting pastor having dinner with an African-American family, 1880s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: HUSG2A-00030

HUSG2A-00030
African-American church congregation in Washington DC, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: HUSG2A-00028

HUSG2A-00028
African-American oyster peddler in Baltimore, 1880s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: HUSG2A-00022

HUSG2A-00022
Freed African-Americans embarking for the North on riverboats after the Civil War. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: HUSG2A-00032

HUSG2A-00032
Former slaves fleeing to Kansas from yellow fever outbreak in South, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: HUSG2A-00033

HUSG2A-00033
Former slaves on a boat to the North after the Civil War. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: HUSG2A-00003

HUSG2A-00003
African-American man traveling on foot. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: HUSG2A-00046

HUSG2A-00046
Former slave couple in spring outside their cabin in Virginia after the Civil War. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: Emancipated slaves fleeing to Union-held soil, 1863

Emancipated slaves fleeing to Union-held soil, 1863
Former slaves reaching Union lines after the Emancipation Proclamation, 1863. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: Tuskegee Institute mechanical drawing class, 1890s

Tuskegee Institute mechanical drawing class, 1890s
Tuskegee Institute class in architectural and mechanical drawing, 1890s. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century photograph

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: Freedmen in printing class at Hampton Institute, Virginia, 1870s

Freedmen in printing class at Hampton Institute, Virginia, 1870s
Former slaves learning printing at Hampton Institute in Virginia, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: Tuskegee Institute in the 1890s

Tuskegee Institute in the 1890s
Armstrong Hall, built by students at Tuskegee Institute, Alabama. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century photograph

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: PBLA2A-00011

PBLA2A-00011
Robert Smalls, Civil War hero and Union naval officer, African-American US Congressman from South Caroilina. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: PBLA2A-00013

PBLA2A-00013
Frederick Douglass as a young man, with his autograph. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century portrait

Background imageFormer Slave Collection: Former slaves meeting with federal officials in North Carolina, 1866

Former slaves meeting with federal officials in North Carolina, 1866
General Stedman and other officials meeting with freed slaves near Trent River, North Carolina, 1866. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration



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