Eerie and stunning pictures of American men women and deserted villages after slavery

They provide powerful insight into a part of America’s history that is no longer in living memoryMany of the accounts are deeply troubling, and are powerful reminders of America’s seedy past.















 

 

Stunning pictures of men and women who were born into slavery and photographed more than 70 years after being freed

Born into slavery
Born into slavery

Born into slavery: Between 1936 and 1938, the Federal Writers’ Project of the Work Progress Administration photographed former slaves and collected their stories

Born into slavery
Born into slavery

I am weary let me rest: By the time their accounts were taken, many former slaves were well into their 80s and 90s

Born into slavery
Born into slavery

Town and country: They offered extraordinary insight into slave life

Born into slavery
Born into slavery

We shall overcome: One former slave said: ‘Tisn’t he who has stood and looked on, that can tell you what slavery is – ‘tis he who has endured’

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Born into slavery

First person accounts: More than 2,000 stories were collected by the WPA

Born into slavery
Born into slavery

Passing of time: While there are many reasons as to why these testimonials were collected, one reason was simply the passing of time

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Government project: By the 1930s, surviving former slaves were old men and women; the time in which to capture their testimonies was running out, thus putting a sense of urgency to the project

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Born into slavery
Born into slavery
Born into slavery

 

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