“WILSON, CHARLEY, REBECCA & ROSA, Slaves from New Orleans,” Charles Paxson, 1863

Photographs of emancipated children by photographer Charles Paxson were sold to raise money for the education of freed slaves in New Orleans. The children featured in these photographs drew attention to the fact that slavery was not simply a matter of color but of birth. The education of freed men and women was regarded as one of the most important elements to creating lasting change in a post-slavery world, as this image relates with the caption “Learning is Wealth.”

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