“White” slave children photos
REBECCA – AN EMANCIPATED SLAVE FROM NEW ORLEANS
We recently came upon a batch of old civil war photographs and among them, we found two so-called “white” slave child photos.
In the 1860’s, eight former slaves aimed to drum up support for struggling African-American schools.
In order to gather sympathy and funds from rich northerners as they toured the country, organizer from New Orleans portrayed the slaves as white for a propaganda campaign, using four children with mixed-race ancestry and pale complexions.
They believed the white faces of Charles Taylor, Rebecca Huger, Rosina Downs and Augusta Broujey would encourage donors to sympathise with the plight of recently-emancipated slaves and give more generously.