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Family Portrait: 1907

Family Portrait: 1907

Savannah, Georgia, circa 1907. "The whole black family at the Hermitage." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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These houses are still standing on the plantation

It is private property, but as a teen we use to sneak onto the property and go in these houses. Kind of a test of manhood type thing. There are ghost stories abound about Hermitage Plantation and the slave houses.

Slave Cabins

Perhaps these are still around in my beloved Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan, where we've restored two of 52 brick houses made and lived in by enslaved workers at Henry McAlpin's coastal Georgia plantation, the Hermitage.

The sign over the door

The first word appears to be "Admittance." I cannot quite make out the second word.

[Actually you just did. NO ADMITTANCE EXCEPT BUS. - Dave]

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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