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African-American 'Contrabands' During the Civil War

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African-Americans nicknamed contrabands before a signal tower in 1864.

African-Americans who were set free by the North were called 'contrabands' because they were viewed by the South as property. This group is shown wearing old Union uniforms and standing near a signal tower. 1864.

Courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-B8171-2594 DLC
African-Americans who were set free by the North were called 'contrabands' because they were viewed by the South as property. This group is shown wearing old Union uniforms and standing near a signal tower. 1864.

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