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Community Post: Historic Photographs Of "White" Slaves

In 1863 and 1864, eight former slaves toured the northern states to raise money for impoverished African-American schools in New Orleans; four children with mixed-race ancestry and pale complexions...
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  • Raven Hair

    Interesting, pretty sure this is a post mortem picture. Usually Mom is behind in black. Plus odd tilt of child and gaze.

  • Jessie Ratledge

    I really don't know if this was the case as there is so much controversy talk these days as to what is actually post mortem.

  • Kim

    @Raven Hair I kinda got the impression it was a post mortem picture too. The child seems more like she is propped up than she is standing in her own right. @Jessie Ratledge I haven't heard of controversy surrounding what constitutes post mortem.. what have I missed?