Faces of Freedom

The following photographs have all been produced using the Ambrotype method which was invented in the years preceding the beginning of the civil war in 1856. The images had been in the possession of Iris Bell Sloman whose ancestors had sought freedom in Canada. The dates around which these photos were taken are suggestive of the fact that most if not all of the people featured would have been Runaways on the verge of beginning a new life in the north. 

 

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Young woman photgraphed by N. C. Shorey at Toronto. 

 

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Young black woman seated

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Young African Canadian 

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Young African American woman seated at table

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Young African American woman standing with purse 

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Unidentified man by J. W Cole 

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Unidentified African American woman leaning on chair

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Two young women seated with man 

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Three African American women 

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Small Cabinet Card of African American Man by John S. Thom, of Lucan, Ontario

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Signed tintype of African American men in derby hats 

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Seated African American gentleman 

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Sad young African American girl perched on bench 

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Portrait of Ruth by George A Hamsstreet

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Man smoking a cigar

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Man in derby hat leaning against chair 

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Girl peering through lattice

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Cabinet card portrait by I. H lewiss of Toronto

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Cabinet card of African Canadian by photographer W . J Rea of Windsor

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Cabient Card by C Arthur

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Seated African American woman with young girl 

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African American woman with fan 

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African american woman standing with book

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African American man standing at wooden fence

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African American gentleman sitting on stool

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Woman and seated man 

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2 black gentlemen photographed by Jhon Cooper, London, St Thomas