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