Hidden Witness: African-American Images from the Dawn of Photography to the Civil War


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As slaves, African-Americans were virtually invisible in American history. Although photography was introduced to this country in l840, precious few images of African-Americans survive today. Even after the Civil War there were not many African-American photographers, and very few black people had the time, money or freedom for a portrait sitting. Consequently, little photographic evidence remains to bear witness to the lives of four and a half million Americans of African descent. Jackie Napolean Wilson, whose own ...

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