Actual photographs of slaves and slave
life are very rare. This makes sense . . . plantation owners and
slave drivers certainly did not want to advertise and document their
dark trade. After the slaves were freed, most were very poor and so did
not have portraits made. We have done extensive research to find
the few existing photos of slaves and ex-slaves. Below, for your
consideration, we present these rare images of slaves and slave life.
We are eager to expand this collection. If you are a descendent of
a slave, and have images in a family album of someone who was a slave,
we would be honored if you would share it with us, and the visitors to
this site. Similarly, if you are the descendent of plantation or
slave owners, we would be pleased if you would share your images.
of Slaves - Click on Image to be taken to a Larger Picture and