Emancipation and the Meaning of Juneteenth
Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Civil War Photographs.
The men and women in this photograph are the slaves of the Confederate general Thomas Drayton, held by Union forces at Hilton Head, South Carolina, May 1862. Still technically enslaved when the photograph was taken, the status of these âcontrabandsâ was uncertain. It wasn't until eight months later that they became legally freed people.