An illustration of African American slaves picking cotton in Alabama.

Cotton Picking

An illustration of African American slaves picking cotton in Alabama.

An illustration of the cotton plant.

Cotton Plant

An illustration of the cotton plant.

An illustration of an African American slave who works as a field hand.

Field Hand

An illustration of an African American slave who works as a field hand.

"First and last review of the First Regiment, South Carolina [African American] Volunteers, on Hilton Head, S. C., under Colonel Fessenden, U. S. A., June 25th, 1862. Our correspondent at Hilton Head wrote us: "I witnessed the parade entire, as well as the company drills in the manual of arms, etc., afterward, and I must acknowledge my complete surprise at the discipline and even vim evinced by the sable crowd. Dressed in the regulation uniform of the United States Army, tall and strong men generally speaking, they, considering that the regiment had not been fully armed but about ten days, spoke well for officers and men."" — Frank Leslie, 1896

First Regiment

"First and last review of the First Regiment, South Carolina [African American] Volunteers, on Hilton…

An African American adult male standing in tall grasses holding a fish on one hand and his hat in another.

Fisherman

An African American adult male standing in tall grasses holding a fish on one hand and his hat in another.

An illustration of an African American slave holding a small child.

Man holding child

An illustration of an African American slave holding a small child.

An illustration of African American slaves sitting outside modest cabins.

Slave Cabins

An illustration of African American slaves sitting outside modest cabins.

African American Soldiers lined up being commanded by a white man.

African American Soldiers

African American Soldiers lined up being commanded by a white man.

An African American educator and author. He was born into slavery at the community of Hale's Ford in Franklin County, Virginia. As a young man he made his way east from West Virginia to obtain schooling at Hampton in eastern Virginia at a school established to train teachers.

Booker T. Washington

An African American educator and author. He was born into slavery at the community of Hale's Ford in…

An illustration of a African American woman holding a Caucasian child while sitting on a bench.

Woman and Child

An illustration of a African American woman holding a Caucasian child while sitting on a bench.