Portrait of a family. South Carolina, 1862.

Portrait of an African American family in Beaufort, South Carolina, 1862. The image depicts at least four generations gathered in front of a wooden cabin, with visible wear and age on the building's exterior. Two seated elderly individuals are at the center, flanked by standing adults and young children. The family members are dressed in period attire, suggesting a sense of occasion. The photograph, monochromatic and weathered by time, offers a glimpse into the lives of this family during the American Civil War era

Historical portrait of a family in Beaufort, South Carolina, taken in 1862.


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“Portrait of a family. Beaufort, South Carolina, 1862.” source: O’Sullivan, Timothy H, photographer. Five generations on Smith’s Plantation, Beaufort, South Carolina. [, Printed Later] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/98504449/>.