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Freedom Bound

Bound for Freedom’s Light: African Americans and the Civil War
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Ends March 2, 2014
In March 1863 a slave named Gordon enlisted in the Union Army in Baton Rouge, where the photographic team of McPherson & Oliver made a portrait of his whip-scarred back. Gordon’s story is one of 20 told in "Bound for Freedom’s Light: African Americans and the Civil War,” an exhibit of vintage photographs and prints at the National Portrait Gallery.

About Paul Bisceglio
Paul Bisceglio

Paul Bisceglio is an editorial fellow at Pacific Standard and co-editor of the website "Land That I Live." He was previously the editorial intern for Smithsonian magazine. Follow him on Twitter @PaulBisceglio

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