This rare photograph shows a Union army camp scene where soldiers are entertained by a group of African American minstrel performers. Touring minstrel groups were typically composed of whites who performed in blackface, but some were made up of blacks. It would interesting to know if the group members here were free blacks - either from the northern or slave states - or if they were so-called contrabands.
Giles Beecher Jackson was the first African-American to practice law before the Supreme Court of Virginia. He also co-authored “The Industrial History of the Negro Race in Virginia”. Although Jackson was born enslaved, he overcame his obstacles to become an attorney, real estate developer, newspaper
Freedpeople reading, c. 1865-1890. During reconstruction, the Freedman's Bureau, missionary societies, and blacks themselves established over 3,000 schools in the South, laying the foundation for public education in the region. Many young men and women who attended freedman's schools became teachers who instructed the next generation.
This is a picture of Drayton Hall in Charleston, SC. It has many parts around the building that has been destroyed by fighting during the many attempts to take Charleston. Charleston was never taken until the very end of the war. It has holes and cracked Windows all over the building.