"Slave Children from New Orleans," Collection of Twelve CDVs

Lot of 12 CDVs of emancipated enslaved children from New Orleans. Most include Rebecca Huger (b. ca 1853) who was described in an 1864 issue of Harper's Weekly "eleven years old, and was a slave in her father's house, the special attendant of a girl a little older than herself." Rebecca and other enslaved children that "passed" as white were used in a fundraising campaign after the emancipation of New Orleans. Rebecca in particular was motivating as her perceived whiteness and elegant dress in the photographs suggest the "fancy girls" sold in the New Orleans slave markets. The implication would have been imminently clear for audiences. 

Other subjects include Charley Taylor, a freed enslaved boy boy and son of slave owner Alexander Withers (1792-1865), Augusta Broujey, and Rosina "Rosa" Downs. Most images with captions identifying the children as "Slave Children from New Orleans." Photographers include Charles Paxon (New York, active 1860s-1870s) and Myron H. Kimball (New York, active 1860s). All but one with imprints on versos with notes indicating that the net proceeds will be "devoted exclusively to the education of colored people in the Department of the Gulf."

Provenance:Eugene R. Groves Collection of 19th Century Photography


Various, occasional soiling. 

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium

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