Oversize albumen photograph of street view of former slave pen, 9 x 7 in., mounted to 11 x 9 in. [William Pywell, Neg., Alexander Gardner, Pos.]: [Alexandria, Virginia], circa 1864. Ink inscription on verso, “Slave Pen at Alexandria Va.”
James H. Birch and Charles M. Price operated the largest slave pen in Alexandria, Virginia beginning in 1858. The building's orientation within the city, midway between the urban center and farmland to the west, allowed for the efficient containment and transport of men, women, and children before and after slave auctions. Following the invasion and capture of Alexandria by the Union Army in May 1861, the facility was converted to a military prison.
Some spotting and soiling to mount.
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