CDV showing the back and profile of a young enslaved African American male who was bull-whipped after being captured while trying to escape, which left his back horribly scarred. Uncredited but known to be taken by McPherson & Oliver: Baton Rouge, LA, April 1863. Known only as Gordon, he made it across Union lines in 1863, and Northern abolitionists had this photograph taken and distributed to publicize the horrors of slavery. When this image was reproduced in Harper's, it bore the caption "Gordon Under Medical Inspection."
Provenance:Eugene R. Groves Collection of 19th Century Photography
Toning to image. Some scattered spotting. Some corner and edge wear to mount.
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