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    Carte de Visite of Rebecca, an Emancipated Slave from New Orleans. 2.5" x 4" (2.25" x 3.5" albumin print on a 2.5" x 4" mount), by Kimball, New York; 1863. On the reverse is a notice, which states that the net proceeds from the sale of this photograph will be devoted exclusively to the "education of colored people in the Department of the Gulf, now under the command of Maj.-Gen. Banks."

    One of a series of photographs depicting five emancipated mulatto slave children sold to raise money for the education of freed slaves in New Orleans. The "white" children featured in this photographs drew to the attention of the Northern public the evils of slavery; despite the color of a child, if the mother was a slave, then that child was slave as well. The young girl in this photograph, named Rebecca Huger, was supposedly emancipated by Union soldiers in the wake of the fall of New Orleans. This photograph and others in the series depicting "white" slave children, was part of a propaganda campaign pursued by the National Freedman's Association, in collaboration with the American Missionary Association and interested officers of the Union Army, the purpose of which was to arouse sympathy for blacks by portraying them as white. Five children, including Rebecca, and three adults, all former slaves from New Orleans, were sent to the North on a publicity tour. Of all the five children, Rebecca, aged 11, was the most photographed.

    Condition: The photograph has slight creasing in the upper right hand corner, which does not detract in any way from the image. Foxing and toning around border. Overall fine condition, with image being crisp and clear.

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