Group Singing, Virginia, 1840s
Caption, Plantation Slave Singers. This illustration appears in a chapter titled Life in Ole Virginny Fifty Years AgoóPlantation Scenes and Negro SongsóLife 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.
Mary Ashton Rice Livermore, The Story of My Life (Hartford, 1897), p. 185
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