Emancipation Day, South Carolina, 1863

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Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper (Jan. 24, 1863), vol. 15, p. 276. (Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-88808)

Caption, "The color-sergeant of the 1st South Carolina (Colored) addressing the regiment after having been presented with the Stars and Strips, at Smith's plantation, Port Royal, January 1." Shows former slaves of South Carolinia sea islands, freed by the Emancipation Proclamation, celebrating. Sergeant Prince Rivers and Corporal Robert Sutton present the colors, while the former addresses the crowd; white teachers and missionaries from the North are seated on the platform.