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Betsey Stockton (c. 1798–1865) was an African American educator and missionary born into slavery in Princeton, NJ. She gained her freedom at 20 and travelled to Hawaii, Canada and Philadelphia teaching and serving as a nurse. She moved back to Princeton in 1835 and spent the rest of her life enriching the lives of the members of the local African American community. There is a window memorialized to her in the Witherspoon Street Church, Princeton, NJ.

Betsey Stockton (c. 1798–1865) was an African American educator and missionary born into slavery in Princeton, NJ. She gained her freedom at 20 and travelled to Hawaii, Canada and Philadelphia teaching and serving as a nurse. She moved back to Princeton in 1835 and spent the rest of her life enriching the lives of the members of the local African American community. There is a window memorialized to her in the Witherspoon Street Church, Princeton, NJ.

[Sergeant Alfred A. Stratton of Co. G, 147th New York Infantry Regiment, with amputated arms]

[Sergeant Alfred A. Stratton of Co. G, 147th New York Infantry Regiment, with amputated arms]

Bandages, a sponge, scissors, a spoon for caring for patients. Germ theory had not been introduced, so these instruments were not cleaned between patients.

Bandages, a sponge, scissors, a spoon for caring for patients. Germ theory had not been introduced, so these instruments were not cleaned between patients.

Lincoln conspirator Lewis Powell (aka Payne), in custody at Washington Navy Yard.  Photographed by Alexander Gardner.

Lincoln conspirator Lewis Powell (aka Payne), in custody at Washington Navy Yard. Photographed by Alexander Gardner.

Major General George E. Pickett, C.S.A. Known for the futile "Pickett's Charge" across open fields at Gettysburg into the teeth of the Union artillery, he was blamed for the loss of the "flower of the South." Many men died that day including descendants of George Washington. Pickett never recovered as a result of this debacle.

Major General George E. Pickett, C.S.A. Known for the futile "Pickett's Charge" across open fields at Gettysburg into the teeth of the Union artillery, he was blamed for the loss of the "flower of the South." Many men died that day including descendants of George Washington. Pickett never recovered as a result of this debacle.

Fannie Brown, Waco,Texas. Portraits of Ex-Slaves 1930's/ Yes, even in Waco, Texas we had a past...

Fannie Brown, Waco,Texas. Portraits of Ex-Slaves 1930's/ Yes, even in Waco, Texas we had a past...

Elizabeth Keckley was born into the life of a slave, but through strength, bravery, and more than a little business savvy, she would become a highly sought after dressmaker in the nation’s capital as well as a friend and confidante of the First Lady, Mary Lincoln.

Elizabeth Keckley was born into the life of a slave, but through strength, bravery, and more than a little business savvy, she would become a highly sought after dressmaker in the nation’s capital as well as a friend and confidante of the First Lady, Mary Lincoln.

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