Monday, June 13, 2011
Today's picture is from 1863. The child's name is Rebecca Huger, and she was a slave in New Orleans. I found John's comments interesting yesterday, as he was wondering how anyone could have even maintained a self-consistent rationalization for some of the darker aspects associated with slavery. This is the information I have on Rebecca.
REBECCA HUGER is eleven years old, and was a slave in her father's house, the special attendant of a girl a little older than herself. To all appearance she is perfectly white. Her complexion, hair, and features show not the slightest trace of negro blood. In the few months during which she has been at school she has learned to read well, and writes as neatly as most children of her age. Her mother and grandmother live in New Orleans, where they support themselves coumfortshly by their own labor. The grandmother, an intelligent mulatto, told Mr. Bacon that she had "raised" a large fanmily of children, but these are all that are left to her.