PHOTOS: They color stark and shocking images of slavery in the United States. – Market Research Telecast

Tom Marshall, a professional restorer of photographs in the United Kingdom, took on the task of coloring a series of images from the 19th century, taken during the last years of slavery in the United States, as well as portraits of some of its protagonists. that managed to survive into old age, already at the beginning of the 20th century. In the framework of Black History Month in the United Kingdom, the Daily Mail newspaper shared his work this week.

The original images, obtained from the digitized collection of the US Library of Congress, reveal the horrors faced by those who lived through that time. They show the conditions in which the black population was forced to work and the marks left on many of them by the punishments and mistreatment they had to endure before the abolition of slavery in that country in 1865. I have colored these photos as a means to share some of the stories of those photographed, assures on his website the artist.

One of the photos, from 1862, shows a group of freed slaves on a yam plantation in South Carolina, and was taken by Henry P. Moore, a native of New Hampshire who traveled there to document the Civil War. Many of the people who achieved their freedom returned to work as day laborers, but for the most part they refused to grow cotton again and opted for the planting of corn, potatoes and vegetables.

Marshall colored a photograph from 1863, titled The Whipped Back, one of the most famous of that period and one of the first to serve abolitionists in their campaign against slavery. The man portrayed was a runaway slave named Gordon and also known as whipped Peter, and shows his back with terrible scars, the result of the merciless lashes inflicted by his owners.

McPherson & Oliver photographed two unidentified runaway slaves in Baton Rouge, dressed in tattered clothing. The exact date is unknown, but it is estimated that it was achieved sometime during the Civil War (1861-1865).

In 1864, photographer George N. Barnard captured the facade of an African slave auction house, known as Auction & Negro Sales and located on Whitehall Street (Atlanta, Georgia). Individuals put up for sale were prodded and forced to open their mouths to potential buyers. The auctioneer decided the initial bidding price, which was always higher for young slaves than for the elderly, the too young or the sick.

In April 1937, the former slave Georgia Flournoy was photographed in front of her house, as part of an interview. He said that he was over 90 years old and that his mother died during childbirth. She had worked as a nanny and was not allowed to socialize with any of the other enslaved people on the plantation.

In another photograph, from the early 1800s, an Alabama museum clerk is seen wearing an iron contraption used by slaveholders to prevent their slaves from escaping. It was a frame, placed around the neck and attached to the waist, which included a bell to sound if the slave tried to run away to escape.

Another photo of Russel Lee shows a former slave named Willis Winn holding a horn that slaves were called to work with every day. Winn claimed to be 116 years old when he was portrayed, in 1939. According to him, at the time when he had an owner, he and his companions slept on grass mats, full of bed bugs. I still sleep on a grass mattress, because I cant rest on cotton and feather beds, he said at the time.

It is estimated that between the 16th and 19th centuries, about 12.5 million Africans they were captured, kidnapped and transferred in ships to America, North and South and the Caribbean. In 1790 there were about 700,000 slaves in the United States, which was equivalent to about 18% of its total population at that time. By 1860, five years before the abolition of slavery, there were almost four million registered slaves by their owners throughout the country.

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