Escaped Slaves Working for Wages
Original Author: James F. Gibson
Created: May 1862
Medium: Wet collodion glass-plate negative; stereograph
Publisher: Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

Escaped Slaves Working for Wages

Two African American women set up with washboard and tubs are apparently serving as laundresses for Union troops in this 1862 stereograph taken near Yorktown by photographer James F. Gibson. Former slaves who took refuge behind Union lines became known as contrabands, and many of them worked for wages for Union soldiers.

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