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The Illusion of Freedom: African Americans in 1890s Florida

House and grounds employees of Killearn Gardens — Tallahassee, Florida. 1928. (State Archives of Florida)

Despite being granted their freedom some thirty years prior, freed slaves in turn of the century Florida were still barely unshackled. Being set free (13th Amendment), granted equal citizenship (14th Amendment), and given the right to vote (15th Amendment) didn’t mean very much once the Union soldiers pulled out after the Great Betrayal of 1877.

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