Slave Dealer, Alexandria, Virginia, 1863 or 1865

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Image Reference

Photograph by Andrew Joseph Russell, published in Ellen Dugan, ed., Picturing the South, 1860 to the Present (Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1996), p. 33.

Shows the front of "Price, Birch & Co, Dealers in Slaves" with unidentified African Americans, in Union army uniforms, in the foreground. Price, Birch, & Co. was a well-known firm that kept slaves in pens or cells before they were sold to the Lower South. Dugan does not specify the location of the photograph, but the original is in the National Archives, Washington, D.C. For a companion photo, see image NW0246 on this website.