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Amazing find! Photographs of former Alabama slaves with their names.

The New Deal initiated by Franklin D. Roosevelt included employment programs for jobless white-collar workers to collect narratives and life histories of former slaves. John Lomax, a white Southerner, proposed that efforts be extended more systematically to the Southern and border states. On April 1, 1937, a collection of slave narratives and photographs formally began. The photographs of former Alabama slaves are from this collection. has more long, lost forgotten stories. Become an Alabama Pioneers Patron and see all the stories.

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