These 3 girls were part of a group of former slaves from New Orleans sent to the North on a publicity tour to raise money for schools that served former slaves run by abolitionist groups after the Union Army occupied much of Louisiana in 1863, and to arouse the sympathy of countrymen who were preoccupied by war, and ambivalent on the issue of slavery. One of the major reasons for the great success of this campaign was that four of the children were of mixed race.....but looked white.
Meet Caroline Norton. If you have gone through a divorce and had someone advocate for your rights, you have her to thank for it. In the mid 1800's Caroline was in a loveless marriage to a man who beat her savagely. On several occasions she was thrown out of her own home, and forbidden access to her children. In those days, married women were put into the same category as "lunatics, idiots, outlaws and children". Their rights were in the hands of others. Caroline petitioned...
The 'white' slave children of New Orleans: Images of pale mixed-race slaves used to drum up sympathy among wealthy donors in 1860s
Organisers 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
1863 or 1864 - 8 former slaves toured northern states to raise money for African-American schools in New Orleans, used 4 children with mixed-race ancestry & pale complexions to evoke sympathy - Charles Taylor, Rebecca Huger, Rosina Downs & Augusta Broujey
June 12, 1886, The Georgia State Supreme Court sustained the will of the late David Dickson. This made Amanda Eubanks the wealthiest Negro in America. Mr. Dickson, a former slaveholder, willed more than half a million dollars to Ms. Eubanks. White relatives of Dickson, a bachelor, had contested the will on the grounds that it was illegal for a white man to leave property to his black illegitimate children.
Figure 1.--The FSA-SPS caption read, "Mother and baby of family of nine living in field on U.S. Route 70 near the Tennessee River." The photograph was taken in Msrch 1936. Source: Carl Mydans, Farm Security Administration.