Group of Free Blacks in Richmond
Original Author: Alexander Gardner
Created: Probably June 9, 1865
Medium: Wet collodion glass-plate negative; one half of stereograph

Group of Free Blacks in Richmond

Free Blacks pose along the canal in Richmond after that city's fall to Union troops in April 1865. The shell of a building can be seen in the background. Fleeing Confederate soldiers set fire to tobacco warehouses and the ensuing conflagration destroyed nine-tenths of the business district. This glass-plate image was made by the renowned Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner.