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brandx:

Remember when white people got mad over the Emancipation Proclamation, then looted and burned down an orphanage that housed at any given time between 600 and 800 Black children (some of whom are pictured in the photo above)?

“On the 13th July at 4 PM, an infuriated mob … surrounded the premises of the [Colored Orphan] Asylum and 500 of them entered the house … they deliberately set fire to it … simply because it was the home of unoffending colored orphan children.”

The Association for the Benefit of Colored Orphans, held by the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library of the New-York Historical Society

The Riots at New York: ‘The Rioters Burning and Sacking the Colored Orphan Asylum’ (Source: Harper’s Weekly)

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