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December 1864. "Slabtown. Hampton, Virginia." One of two views of Hampton's slave refugee camps built during the Civil War. The dooryards and various blurry figures moving about in this broken glass negative afford a rare glimpse of life in the mid-19th century. Photographer unknown. View full size.