Freedman's Village-Greene Heights Arlington Va.
African Americans, self-emancipation
Throughout the Civil War thousands of enslaved men, women, and children attained their freedom by seeking refuge with United States troops as they moved across Virginia. They were declared "contraband of war" in May 1861 and Freedmen's Villages grew up in various locations, including this one near Robert E. Lee's home, Arlington House.
Alfred R. Waud
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division (LC-DIG-ppmsca-21425)
Courtesy of Library of Congress
Drawing on paper
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