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A testament to a dark part of American history. A 150-year-old photo found in a North Carolina attic shows a young black child named John, barefoot and wearing ragged clothes. Art historians believe it's an extremely rare Civil War-era photograph of children who were either slaves at the time or recently emancipated. It was accompanied by a document detailing the sale of John for $1,150.
On back of photo: Sept. 25, 1925 -- "To Uncle John from Edna Earl Gaston.” A later annotation indicates that “Uncle John” was John Clark, a “founder and Senior Warden of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and an organizer of their parochial school for blacks. Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina postcards in the North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Attendants at Old Slave Day, Southern Pines, North Carolina April 8, 1937 Photo forms part of the Portraits of African American ex-slaves from the U.S. WPA, Federal Writers’ Project slave narratives collection Old Slave Day was a day set aside annually for former African American slaves. Participants spent the day in the Municipal Park sharing their experiences and recollections with the thousands of people, black and white, who came to see and hear them.
Dr Anna Julia Cooper's Graduation Photo - 1923. // Dr. Anna Julia Cooper, 1858-1964 Born a slave in Raleigh, North Carolina, Anna Cooper began her education at St. Augustine's Normal and Collegiate Institute. In 1881 she enrolled at Oberlin College, where she earned bachelor's and master's degrees. She taught at M Street/Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C., for forty years and served as principal from 1901 to 1906. Later she studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, receiving a Ph.D. in 1925 at ...