Memorial photography seems morbid to us today, but in the most could not afford photography, and only spent the money when they were desperate to capture a photo of their loved one before burying them forever.
Claimed to be a post mortem, but this is really a 'hidden mother' photo of a blue-eyed child who appears to have a cleft palette or other physical problem. Notice the hands covered in fabric holding him in position?
The 'white' slave children of New Orleans: Images of pale mixed-race slaves used to drum up sympathy among wealthy donors in 1860s
1863 or 1864 - 8 former slaves toured northern states to raise money for African-American schools in New Orleans, used 4 children with mixed-race ancestry & pale complexions to evoke sympathy - Charles Taylor, Rebecca Huger, Rosina Downs & Augusta Broujey
17 Haunting Post-Mortem Photographs From The 1800s