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The following photographs were taken in New Orleans in the 1860’s for the purpose of raising funds for an organization that intended to educate emancipated slaves. The slave children with light complexions are octoroons, quadroons, one-sixteenth black or possibly less. 

 

Fannie Virginia Casseopia Lawrence, age 5, emancipated slave.

Fannie Virginia Casseopia Lawrence, age 5, emancipated slave.

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Rosa Downs, Rebecca Huger, Charley Taylor and Wilson Chinn, recently emancipated.

 

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Rebecca Huger, age 11, a slave in her father’s house in New Orleans.

 

Rebecca Huger, Augusta Broujey and Rosa Downs, recently emancipated.

Rebecca Huger, Augusta Broujey and Rosa Downs, recently emancipated.

 

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Isaac White, Mary Johnson and Augusta Broujey shortly after emancipation Augusta was a slave in her uncle’s house.

 

Charley Taylor, age unknown, emancipated slave.

Charley Taylor, age unknown, emancipated slave.

 

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Isaac White with Rosa Downs, possibly a relative, in New Orleans, ages unknown.

 

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