Barney Ford was born a slave in Virginia. At the age of twenty-fire, he escaped and began a successful career in a variety of entrepreneurial ventures.By 1860, he was living in Denver and became a prosperous tycoon in the hotel, restaurant, and barbershop businesses, earning the nickname the "Black Baron of Colorado." Throughout the Civil War, he gave financial assistance, food, and jobs to escaped and free African Americans.
A view of Andersonville Prison, Georgia, on August 17, 1864. Andersonville was an infamous Confederate Prisoner-of-war camp, where nearly 13,000 of its approximately 45,000 Union prisoners died in brutal conditions, suffering from starvation, disease, and abuse from their captors.
Homefront to Battlefront: Celebrating the Civil War Legacy -- image collection, A Brief History of Camp 12, Sons of Veterans of Altoona Division of Penna - U.S.A. (1882 - 1919); by Penn State Special Collections Library, via Flickr. This image: The Banner – It waves for all; H. G. Detwiler Scrapbook; original colored ink print within the scrapbook