Emancipated Slaves, White and Colored
This engraving derived from a photograph taken in New York City. The union army liberated these people, who were brought from New Orleans to New York by Philip Bacon, who had established the first school in Louisiana for emancipated slaves; the children were his pupils. The accompanying article gave details and brief biographical sketches for each person including descriptions of racial characteristics and notes on family connections. The image has three adults and five children. According to the accompanying text, the adults were "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." The children were: 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" (p. 69).
Harper's Weekly, vol. 8 (Jan. 1864), p. 69.
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North America--New York
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