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SLAVES, EX-SLAVES, and CHILDREN OF SLAVES IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1860 -1900 (24) by Okinawa Soba, via Flickr

Harriet Tubman I feel this way about women sometimes. They so need to believe that the way that they live is 'right' or 'godly' that they miss living free and best.

The rough, messy texture I feel from this photo is the kind of texture I imagine on george as a "laborer". This outfit is what i imagine on him before he meets Esther. Dirty, grungy, and tired clothing.

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

Union officer with "contraband", 1862...two months after this photo was taken President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Slaves working with cotton . . how can people in good conscience justify "owning" a human being?

Here for your perusal is a collectible photograph of Cumberland Landing, Virginia Group of "contrabands" at Foller's house. It was created in 1862 by Gibson, James F., b. 1828.

Wilson Chinn, a sixty year old former slave was branded on the forehead with his owner's initials, 'V. B. M.' Chinn is wearing a contraption and irons designed to prevent slave escapes. At lower left is a slave paddle. Ca. 1864.

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.

When Were Blacks Truly Freed From Slavery? For Juneteenth, The Root investigates the blurred line of emancipation in America.