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.