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    New Orleans Slave Girl Rebecca: Four Cartes de Visite. Four different CDVs of the mixed race Rebecca, "A Slave Girl From New Orleans" or "An Emancipated Slave Girl From New Orleans". Rebecca likely gained her freedom under the authority of the Emancipation Proclamation. New Orleans was occupied by Union forces throughout much of the war. Adult slaves were considered "contraband" and commandeered for service in the Union army. Minor slaves were property of their Southern masters until made "forever free" by Lincoln's proclamation. Three examples have the back mark of the photographer, Charles Paxson of New York (one has a corner stain and one is trimmed top & bottom). The other has the photographer's credit of P. Bacon of New York (pinholes and abrasion in bottom left corner). According to the captions on back, these were sold to finance the education of "... Colored People in the Department of the Gulf, now under the command of Maj. Gen'l Banks." They are dated 1863 and 1864.

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    June, 2014
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