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A rare photograph of a group of women sitting on piles of cotton with two white male overseers. Entitled "Freedom on the Plantation" circa 1863-1866. Robin Stanford Collection, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

A rare photograph of a group of women sitting on piles of cotton with two white male overseers. Entitled "Freedom on the Plantation" circa 1863-1866. Robin Stanford Collection, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

When enslaved males turned 15 years old–and younger in some cases–they had their first inspection. Boys who were under-developed, had their testicles castrated and sent to the market or used on the farm. Each enslaved male was expected to get 12 females pregnant a year. The men were used for breeding for five years. One enslaved man name Burt produced more than 200 offspring, according to the Slave Narratives.

When enslaved males turned 15 years old–and younger in some cases–they had their first inspection. Boys who were under-developed, had their testicles castrated and sent to the market or used on the farm. Each enslaved male was expected to get 12 females pregnant a year. The men were used for breeding for five years. One enslaved man name Burt produced more than 200 offspring, according to the Slave Narratives.

On January 30, 1864, to fan the anti-slavery cause and promote the sale of abolitionist photographs, Harper’s Weekly published this carte de visite and three others as wood engravings. The newspaper also included stirring bibliographies of the emancipated slaves.  Wilson Chinn was about sixty years old. His former master, Volsey B. Marmillion, a sugar planter near New Orleans, “was accustomed to brand his negroes, and Wilson has on his forehead the letters ‘V.B.M.’”

On January 30, 1864, to fan the anti-slavery cause and promote the sale of abolitionist photographs, Harper’s Weekly published this carte de visite and three others as wood engravings. The newspaper also included stirring bibliographies of the emancipated slaves. Wilson Chinn was about sixty years old. His former master, Volsey B. Marmillion, a sugar planter near New Orleans, “was accustomed to brand his negroes, and Wilson has on his forehead the letters ‘V.B.M.’”

Carl Maxie Brashear was the first African American to become a U.S. Navy Master Diver, rising to the position in 1970.  Service/branch	United States Navy Years of service	1948-1979

Carl Maxie Brashear was the first African American to become a U.S. Navy Master Diver, rising to the position in 1970. Service/branch United States Navy Years of service 1948-1979

Deuteronomy 28:50 "A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young"

Deuteronomy 28:50 "A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young"

Slaves returning from a cotton field in the American South, early 1860s.

Slaves returning from a cotton field in the American South, early 1860s.

A Black Family Portrait in Natchitoches, Louisiana in August, 1940    Library of Congress Photo    Bayou Bourbeau plantation, a FSA cooperative, Natchitoches, La.

A Black Family Portrait in Natchitoches, Louisiana in August, 1940 Library of Congress Photo Bayou Bourbeau plantation, a FSA cooperative, Natchitoches, La.

Ancient Black China: The Mongols, Zhou, Ainu, Jomon, and Huns

Ancient Black China: The Mongols, Zhou, Ainu, Jomon, and Huns

Image: Selina Gray

'Priceless' Civil War Photo of Slave Selina Gray Found on eBay

Image: Selina Gray

The FIRST Black Senator; a RARE photograph and great portrait by Mathew Brady - a cabinet card photograph of Hiram Rhoades Revels (1822-1901). Of mixed African and Indian descent, he was a Methodist minister and later the first Black Senator (Mississippi) during Reconstruction, later the President of Alcorn University.

The FIRST Black Senator; a RARE photograph and great portrait by Mathew Brady - a cabinet card photograph of Hiram Rhoades Revels (1822-1901). Of mixed African and Indian descent, he was a Methodist minister and later the first Black Senator (Mississippi) during Reconstruction, later the President of Alcorn University.

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