Group Singing, Virginia, 1840s

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Image Reference

Mary Ashton Rice Livermore, The Story of My Life (Hartford, 1897), p. 185

Caption, "Plantation Slave Singers." This illustration appears in a chapter titled "Life in "Ole Virginny" Fifty Years Ago—Plantation Scenes and Negro Songs—Life among Black Slaves." Livermore describes going on a picnic with the white children who she taught and supervised. She and her charges were returning from their outing at the end of the day, and a number of field slaves followed their carriage as it went up the drive. They began singing. It was the end of their work day.