Emancipated Slaves, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1864

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This record was last updated on 10 Feb 2017

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Harper’s Weekly, vol. 8 (Jan. 1864), p. 69.

Captioned, “Emancipated Slaves, White and Colored,” this engraving is derived from a photograph taken in New York City. It shows 3 adults (Wilson Chinn [60 yrs], a former plantation worker, branded on his forehead; Mary Johnson [no age given], a former cook in New Orleans, showing the scars of mistreatment; Robert Whitehead [no age given], a former house and ship painter and ordained preacher), and 5 children (Charles Taylor [8 yrs], Augusta Broujey [ 9 yrs], Isaac White [8 yrs], Rebecca Huger [11 yrs], Rosina Downs [7 yrs]), with the notation that the children “are from the schools established in New Orleans, by order of Major-General Banks.” These persons were liberated by the Union Army and were brought from New Orleans to New York by a Union Army officer and Philip Bacon, the latter had “established the first school in Louisiana for emancipated slaves”; the children were among his pupils. The accompanying article gives details and brief biographical sketches of each person including for the children descriptions of their “racial” characteristics and notes on their family connections.