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        Civil War Contrabands | African-American History

        Portrait of Civil War contrabands, fugitive slaves who were emancipated upon reaching the North, sitting outside a house, possibly in Freedman's Village in Arlington, Virginia, mid 1860s. The government established Freedman's Village housed up to 1100 former slaves at a time during the 30 years it served as a temporary shelter for runaway and liberated slaves.

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