|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.
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|Old Slave in Overalls||Slave with his Dog||Slave on his Porch|
|Hands of a Slave||Slave Couple||Alabama Slave|
|Slave Sitting on a Bench||Old Slave Woman||Slave Sitting on Steps|
|An Old Slave||Woman Slave||Slaves Working Cotton|
|Richmond Slaves||Slaves||Plantation Slaves|
October 10, 2012