When the 13th amendment to the U.S. constitution became law in 1865, slavery in America was officially abolished. However, its presence in the nation was far from over. And these portraits of men and women bear testament to that fact.
More than 500 such portraits were taken in the 1930s during the Great Depression under the auspices of the Federal Writers Project, a New Deal program designed to keep writers at work. The photos are of African Americans who had been slaves in the South, some as very young children.