CDV OF THREE SLAVE CHILDREN, ROSA, CHARLEY, AND REBECCA

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Item Code: 1138-1725

Photograph shows a full-length portrait of freed slave children, Rebecca Huger, Charley Taylor, and Rosina Downs, each wrapped in portion of a large American flag. Printed on mount under the image is: "Our protection [referring to the flag] / Rosa, Charley, Rebecca, / slave children from New Orleans." Photographer's backmark, Chas. Paxson, New York. Also on the back is printed: "No. 9. / Entered, according to act of Congress, in the year 1864, by S. Tackaberry, in the Clerk's Office of the U.S. for the Southern District of New-York. / The nett [sic] proceeds from the sale of these photographs will be devoted to the education of colored people in the Department of the Gulf, now under the command of Maj. Gen. Banks."

The three of children appeared to be white – a testament, their sponsors argue, to the brutal system of slavery that condoned the sexual exploitation of slaved women by white men and, in turn, produces children as fair-skinned as any “white” child. Through public appearances and the sale of photographs (so-called “white slave children photographs), the group’s sponsors proposed to raise money for the education of former slaves recently freed in the South.

Card has some light soiling and wear otherwise very nice. [jet] [ph:L]

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