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Jack, a named slave

Jack, a named slave


Jack, one of the earliest photographs of a named slave, 1850. Jack was an enslaved African from the Guinea coast. He was a driver, or slave overseer, for Mr B F Taylor of Columbia, South Carolina. This is one of many photographs taken for a scientist who wished to prove that different races were separate species, and thus disprove Darwin’s theory of evolution

Date: 1850

Copyright: Peabody Museum

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