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Rebecca Geis • 2 years ago

Rare Photograph Of Slave. A haunting 150-year-old photo found in a North Carolina attic shows a young black child named John, barefoot and wearing ragged clothes, perched on a barrel next to another unidentified young boy. In April, the photo was found at a moving sale in Charlotte, accompanied by a document detailing the sale of John for one thousand five hundred dollars- not a small sum in 1854.

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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

John Merrick, one of the original founders of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, with his daughters, Geneva, Mabel, and Martha.

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.

A quiet, courageous, determined Civil Rights protest march around the courthouse in Monroe, North Carolina in 1961. © Declan Haun

Charlotte Hawkins Brown, suffragette.

Galax picking, Banner Elk, NC, October 1939, photo taken by Sharpe. From the North Carolina Conservation and Development Department, Travel and Tourism Division photo files, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC.

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 ...

Barrel organ man and his pet monkey, Brisbane, 1908

Charlotte, North Carolina (1957) A photo of Dorothy Counts, being jeered and taunted by her white, male peers. She was the first black girl to attend an all white school in the United States.

  • Fran

    Awful how we treat people. So it seems the kids got away of this treatment.

  • K C

    That child had a lot of courage. Seems kids are even more cruel than adults

  • Fran

    They are taught this at home too. A lot of peer pressure

  • K C

    I agree... It's mob mentality, too.

Captain Jesse Sharpe Barnes, F Company, 4th North Carolina Infantry