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  • Sunny Taylor

    Last faces of American slavery: Stunning pictures of men and women who were born into slavery and photographed more than 70 years after being freed!

  • Patti

    A woman born into slavery. Though the Union victory freed the nation's 4 million slaves, the legacy of slavery continued to influence American history, from the tumultuous years of Reconstruction (1865-77) to the civil rights movement that emerged in the 1960s, a century after emancipation.

  • Yeun Elez

    Ellen Payne, Age 88, Texas. Portraits of ex-slaves, 1930' s. Avoir cette femme pour amie... Qu'elle me raconte...

  • Felicia Mathis

    Our ancestors. Love, respect, honour, appreciation. The formerly enslaved Black Americans (of the USA). Part of the population of formerly enslaved Afrodescendants throughout the Americas, including the Caribbean.- Ungaro, @Jill Downs Barnabee on twitter "PORTRAITS OF EX-SLAVES, 1930S"

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This woman is one of the last faces of slavery. In the 1920s and 1930s, an interest in slave narratives was rekindled, and as part of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Work Progress Administration, more than 2,000 first-person accounts of slavery were collected, as well as 500 black and white photographs. Most were in their 80s and 90s.

1939 Former slave with horn used to call slaves, near Marshall, Texas (Russell Lee, FSA)

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1930s: Portraits of Ex-Slaves Orelia Alexie Franks, Age about 90, Texas

Isaac and Rosa 1863. Rosa is mixed race ancestry. Both were former slaves. Historic photos of "white" slaves

Ellen Payne Age 88 Born in Slavery:Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’Project,1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers’Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives:A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves.

SLAVES, EX-SLAVES, and CHILDREN OF SLAVES IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1860 -1900 (10) by Okinawa Soba, via Flickr

Pictured: A former slave reveals the scars on his back from whippings before he escaped to become a Union soldier.

John Gutmann, Texas Women, 1937...This picture is just so odd, I keep imagining the stories behind it....

1930s beach pajamas on these stylin' ladies