This is an incredible stereographic card, taken during the Civil War. It’s a powerful image of an Alexandria slave pen.

Photograph shows soldiers inside prison area where slaves were held.
Photograph shows soldiers inside prison area where slaves were held.
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Source: Library of Congress

Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.
  • spottieottie

    Any idea where in Alexandria this was?

  • Tania

    Is this is the same slave pen referred to in the book 12 Years a Slave?