Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume […]
Escaped slave displays wounds from torture. (1863)
American location unknown, ca. 1859. Stereoview of a scene from a minstrel show entitled White Slave, United States.
Slavery collection. Slaves.
Will Adams, Age 80
Lawrenceville, April 7, 1911. Lynching of Charlie Hale, a black man, on the courthouse square at the corner of Perry and Pike Streets. Note the sign hanging from his toes: “Please do not wake him.” At far left is Jack Mathis, and the boy is Herbert Strayhorn.
Burge Plantation, Newton, ca. 1928-1929. Uncle Jim of the Burge Plantation, born in slavery.
Floyd County area, 1913-1919? Black man hanging from a tree. No data on whether he was hung legally or lynched. Other blacks seen in the background. Several houses and an outhouse seen in the background, too.
Baldwin County, 1925-1950. “Aunt Millie.”
John Barker, ex-slave, Abilene, Texas.
Nathan Beauchamp, Age about 92, Eufaula, Alabama
Ellen Thomas, Age 89