Feb 28, 2006 - Sale 2068

Sale 2068 - Lot 31

Price Realized: $ 5,060
Show Hammer Price?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
"EMANCIPATED SLAVES..." Emancipated Slaves. Brought from Louisiana by Col. Geo. H. Hanks. Oval albumen print, 51/2x73/8 inches, on the original photographer's mount with printed caption. On the reverse is a notice that all proceeds from the sale of this photograph will go to the education of colored people in the Department of the Gulf now under the Command of Major-General Banks. A contemporary pencil inscription on the reverse reads "Anna Johnson from Saml. 1864." In excellent condition. New York: M. H. Kimball, 1863

Additional Details

Shows three adults: Wilson Chin (who bears a brand on his forehead), Mary Johnson, Robert Whitehead and five children: Charles Taylor Augusta Broujey, Isaac White, Rebecca Huger and Rosina Downs. Individual cartes-de-visites of these slaves were distributed widely following the early successes of the Union troops in Louisiana and South Carolina. An engraved version of this photograph appeared in the pages of Harper's Weekly for January 30, 1864, together with short biographies of each person. The oldest of the slaves was Wilson Chin, about 60 years old, his forehead branded with his owners initials "VBM;" the youngest Rosina Downs, "not quite seven years old."