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Haunting Photo of Slave Children Found in North Carolina Attic

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- 3201 days ago -
The photograph was found at a garage sale in Charlotte with a handwritten document from 1854 describing the sale of "John" for $1,150.


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Barb Knight (1687)
Saturday June 12, 2010, 9:10 am
Please Google!!AOL must've taken it off already. I'm sorry slavery ever happened!!

Teresa W (782)
Saturday June 12, 2010, 10:10 am
Horrible! And, in fact, slavery still exists in a changed form, for example, when people in the Third World work for a wage they can hardly live on...

Barb Knight (1687)
Saturday June 12, 2010, 10:36 am
You're so right, Laura. It's a sad, sad, thing that our forefathers started and there seems to be no end in sight.

Donn M (56)
Saturday June 12, 2010, 11:36 pm
Yes, slavery is a terrible thing, but it wasn't started by our forefathers unless you're referring to those humans who preceded us by thousands of years.

Sara Campese (0)
Sunday June 13, 2010, 5:23 am
it is not important who started it or not its only important NOT to forget and deny so that it never will be possible again to make such a misery happen again!

Sara Campese (0)
Sunday June 13, 2010, 5:24 am
and it's true.. slavery , in some sense, still happens nowadays. Therefore live consciously...

Natalie K (93)
Sunday June 13, 2010, 5:42 am
Slavery in it's purest form still takes place today, not just "in some sense"...women and children are trafficked as sex and domestic slaves all over the world, including in the United States.

Cynthia J (74)
Sunday June 13, 2010, 5:47 am
noted and thank you for your submission....

most people want to sweep this under the rug....we concentrate on child abuse nowadays and how the affects can last a lifetime and even spread over generations.....slavery did the exact same thing and our forefathers did start it and continue on with it via behaviors of modern day actions......IT is a PANDEMIC.....and never will end until the old ways cease to exist......there are areas in south and north carolina that still have the slave cabins up and are occupied......several still work for their owners/landlords.....

Emotional abuses never end unless it is actually realized and treated but the scars will always be there just like post traumatic stress disorder......

Cynthia J (74)
Sunday June 13, 2010, 5:48 am
i did not mean for this to turn into a huge debate but just to inform anyone as to how slavery has impacted us as a people....that's all....

Raquel Pereira (14)
Sunday June 13, 2010, 5:58 am
ISTO EXISTE Ainda? Na realidaste mundo está perdido. Não há respeito por nada, agora nem com a nossa própria raça.

Natalie K (93)
Sunday June 13, 2010, 6:01 am
I don't think anyone is really debating. It's more giving opinions and stating further facts. Slavery has been around for as long as documented humanity (longer really), and has taken place with just about every group of people on every continent. So in that sense all of our "forefathers" started it, yes.

My point is that, beside the fact that there are people today in poorer countries, working ridiculous hours for meager salaries that no one could truly live on; actual slavery by its truest definition still takes place. People (primarily women and children) are bought and sold, held prisoner, and earn nothing for their work (which is many times being raped). This happens all over the world. Including our own backyard.

Julie Unruh (18)
Sunday June 13, 2010, 6:06 am
I don't believe in slavery and wished it never would have happen. But, that picture shows, white America, what they don't want to see.

Alisha D (10)
Sunday June 13, 2010, 7:34 am
abuse on anyone or anything is awful thank you for submitting

Victoria B (36)
Sunday June 13, 2010, 7:56 am
A haunting memory.

Lori A (50)
Sunday June 13, 2010, 8:14 am
I agree with Victoria. Haunting, indeed.

Alison S (70)
Sunday June 13, 2010, 8:51 am
It wasn't that long ago this was accepted in the U.S. It is still allowed to sell children around the world.

Wendy C (109)
Sunday June 13, 2010, 8:58 am
So very sad, I wonder what happen to those children and if they have descedants alive now.

corinne ramsden (5)
Sunday June 13, 2010, 9:16 am
so sad....

Bette M (91)
Sunday June 13, 2010, 9:18 am
There was slavery a thousand years ago in of all places Eygpt.
There has always been slavery & to some degree there always
will be.

How do you think all those pyramids got built?

The reason slavery will always exists is because there are seven billion
people on this earth and three fourth of them barely have ever had an
education much less read a book. And, they have not been educated
because their corrupt leaders want to keep them as uneducated as possible.
This uneducating philosophy is dominant in the Africa & far east countrys.

The white man did not invent nor create slavery he merely used a form of it
that held a people in servitude as it had been al the way back to the days
of Rome.
The people of N. Korea & those under the control of Mugabe are probably
the most enslaved people on earth right now.

The picture is a reminder of a time gone by but, there are no pictures of
those children who back then were N/A and held in a form of slavery
by this government who told them where they must live.....On a reservation.

The N/A people have come a long long way & have done so without fanfare
or much help from this government. Hopefully America will have a N/A as
a president someday soon. And soon can't be soon enough.

Plant & protect trees for life...................

Shakima J (18)
Sunday June 13, 2010, 9:21 am
I have no words...this evoked an emotional response in me...Wow!!!

Spooky Cat (403)
Sunday June 13, 2010, 9:32 am
Natalie K makes a very accurate point! Kudos to her for speaking up...

Kelly H (22)
Sunday June 13, 2010, 9:47 am
noted. it's a reminder how bad things used to be. It is sad, very sad

Dana Sartin (3)
Sunday June 13, 2010, 10:09 am
The fact that slavery has always existed is just truth. However, doesn't make me any less ashamed that our American forefathers participated in owning/selling a country founded with a piece of paper stating 'with liberty and justice for all' and phrases like all men being created equal. That is just hypocrisy at it's worst. I am grateful I was born in the US vs so many other places, but will never accept any excuses for being against any form of discrimination...even things not to do with actual enslavement of others. I am simply a member of the 'human race' and see all other humans as my equals.

Dana Sartin (3)
Sunday June 13, 2010, 10:12 am
lol..typing too fast...correction. The sentence with, bu will never accept any excuses for being against any form of discrimination..should have read: but will never accept any excuses for any form of discrimination. Sometimes my mind sure gets ahead of my fingers.

gone g (133)
Sunday June 13, 2010, 10:16 am
I hate slavery ever existed. How demoralizing and cruel. I am greatfull that we have come a long way, but the whole of mankind has a tremendously long way to go.

norma s (2)
Sunday June 13, 2010, 10:18 am
Live simply, so that others may simply live.

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 13, 2010, 10:23 am
Heartbreaking photo.
For those interested in fighting modern day slavery around the world, check out:

The American Anti-Slavery Group (AASG) is a non-profit organization (501c3) that works to abolish modern-day slavery around the world, focusing primarily on systems of chattel slavery in Sudan and Mauritania.

Since 1994, AASG has worked with survivors of modern-day slavery in advocating for the abolition of slavery and freedom for the estimated 27 million slaves around the world. Our tightly knit staff of employees and interns is headquartered in Boston, MA, but our reach is far wider thanks to thousands of members around the world.

gail dair (0)
Tuesday June 15, 2010, 2:57 am
Noted thanks

Jenny Dooley (830)
Friday June 25, 2010, 3:52 pm
IRIS, Thanks for the info and link. BARBCAT, Thanks for this news.
Some of us need to cease protesting innocence, me thinks.
Have the courage to Regret, to say in public, Sorry,
for the lives of these children, who had no childhood.
Have the courage to Recognize -
Slavery still very much continues today
...and Resolve to make a difference.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 29, 2010, 9:56 am
Very well put...Jenny!
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