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Stereoview of Ex- Slaves at the "Colored Home" in Florida

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    Posted 5 years ago

    scottvez
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    This 1870s stereoview depicts the residents of the "Colored Home" in St. Augustine Florida.

    The Home was established by the executor of the estate of Buckingham Smith (Slave owner in the area). Smith died in 1871, and he left much of his estate to his former slaves. It was also Smith's desire to care for aged and invalid African Americans in the area.

    The home opened in 1873 with six female residents and two male residents-- probably the folks in this image.

    Unfortunately the executor made poor investments with Smith's money and the Home was closed a few years later.

    The stereoview is a typical orange stock with pink back which is typical of the 1870s. The paper label is really interesting. It identifies the location and refers to the residents as inmates.

    Reproduction of this image in any form is not authorized.

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    Comments

    1. RoyalRetro RoyalRetro, 5 years ago
      Wonderful photo. Great piece of American history!
    2. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks much retro-- I appreciate you looking and commenting!

      scott
    3. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 5 years ago
      Agree a great important part of American history!
      Makes ya wonder what was in the heart of the executor but hard to say.
    4. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks for looking pinbacks. The article I read online mentioned investment in Railroad stocks that had big losses.

      scott
    5. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks official and bijou.

      scott
    6. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks for looking ted and tom.

      scott
    7. Signaholic Signaholic, 5 years ago
      Wow, their faces say it all. Ain't nothin to be happy about right there.
    8. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks sign appreciate you looking. Agree-- the subjects faces certainly show a hard life.

      scott
    9. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks tammy and freon.

      scott
    10. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks again rade!

      scott

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