Fundraiser organizers used lighter skinned mixed race slave children as part of an campaign to raise money for African American schools in the They believed that lighter skinned slaves would garner more sympathy, and in turn more money, for their cause.
Standing on the block where she was sold as a slave. The Old Slave Block in the Old St. Louis Hotel, New Orleans, La.) ca 1914 From: Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
The first slaves imported into the American colonies were 100 White (Irish) children. They arrived during Easter, four months before the arrival of a the first shipment of Black slaves. Read: Testimony of an Irish Slave Girl