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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.

Photographs of Slaves - Click on Image to be taken to a Larger Picture and Description

Old Slave in Overalls

Old Slave in Overalls

Slave with his Dog

Slave with his Dog

Slave on his Porch

Slave on his Porch

Hands of a Slave

Hands of a Slave

Slave Couple

Alabama Slave

Alabama Slave

Slave Sitting on a Bench

Old Slave Woman

Old Slave Woman

Slave on Steps

Slave Sitting on Steps

Old Slave

An Old Slave

Woman Slae

Woman Slave

Slaves Working Cotton

Slaves Working Cotton

Richmond Slaves

Richmond Slaves

Slaves

Slaves

Plantation Slaves

Plantation Slaves

 

 

 

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