Stunning pictures of men and women who were born into slavery and photographed more than seventy years after being freed
This woman is one of the last faces of slavery. In the 1920s and 1930s, an interest in slave narratives was rekindled, and as part of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Work Progress Administration, more than 2,000 first-person accounts of slavery were collected, as well as 500 black and white photographs. Most were in their 80s and 90s.
Yesterday marked the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which formally abolished slavery in the United States and forever changed the course of our nation. Visit the link to view the entire landmark document.