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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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Musician and composer Edmund Dede was born on Nov. 20, 1827 in New Orleans, Louisiana. His parents were free Creoles of color who moved to New Orleans from the French West Indies.In 1851 he wrote “Mon Pauvre Coeur” (My Poor Heart), which is considered the oldest piece of sheet music published by a New Orleans free Creole of color.

Rebecca, Augusta & Rosa, freed from slavery, 1863 | Lighter skinned slave children of mixed race heritage were used as part of a fundraising campaign to help struggling African American schools in 1860s New Orleans. Campaign organizers believed the lighter complexioned children would help boost donations to their cause.

  • Blackchina

    Hi Tammie, are Creoles still considered black people? Or is creole a way of not saying one is black? My understanding is the are products of the French and blacks, unfortunately by force.

  • Tammie Ragland

    No, it is not a way of saying one is black. We are of French, Spanish/ Indian /black descent,mostly of European French. Creoles in Louisiana were products of these mixtures. Slaves produced mixed children from there masters, however there were large Numbers of marriages. Some Creoles may identify with the black side, some may identify with there French and/Spanish side, but most embrace all our mixtures and cultures and identify with what we truly are Creole.

  • Tammie Ragland

    BlackChina, Correction to the first part of that sentence.I mean't to say it is not a way of saying one is NOT black.

  • Sylvia

    I have learned so much more by coming here. Wow!

  • Monteal Purcella

    Diversity is bueatiful ..diversity is strong/healthy soon i hope to see that diversity is commonplace my grandaughter is african american , pueblo american indian , irish , norwiegen ,austrian , jewish , english ,scotch this equals bueatful!

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Propaganda portrait of Fannie Virginia Casseopia Lawrence, a Redeemed Slave child, 5 years of age. 1863 n order to garner sympathy - and funds - from rich northerners as they toured the country, organisers from New Orleans portrayed the slaves as white for a propaganda campaign, using four children with mixed-race ancestry and pale complexions.

Princess Louise, Osborne 1863 [in Portraits of Royal Children Vol.7 1863-1864] | Royal Collection Trust

Child's brown wool and silk work dress (front), British, c. 1740.

Rare Photograph Of Slave. 150-year-old photo found in a North Carolina attic shows a young black child named John, perched on a barrel next to an unidentified boy. Photo was found at a moving sale in Charlotte, accompanied by a document detailing the sale of John for one thousand five hundred dollars.

  • Renee Peruso

    No way any heart could not know this was wrong....sad sad faces

  • Maria De Los Angeles Acevedo

    Each time I see photos of black children during the slave era, My heart aches. I can imagine what they endured, the fear,hunger, abuse at the hands of these sadistic animals.

  • Renee Peruso

    Holocaust survivors still can be found. Mans inhumanity is the most frightening thing in this world and Germany and these United States are Christian nations...inhumanity can happen anywhere....

Rebecca 1863 mixed race ancestry. Historic Photographs Of "White" Slaves

photo of child and mother.

  • 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?