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When eight former slaves were trying to raise funds for schools educating black children in Louisiana during the 1860s, they used ‘white’ slave kids, or more specifically, mixed-race children who could pass for white to help their cause, the Daily Mail reports.

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The Daily Mail reports that the formerly enslaved men believed that the young, pale faces of Charles Taylor, Rebecca Huger, Rosina Downs and Augusta Broujey would evoke more emotional empathy from white donors than had they shown darker-skin black children.

It is an unfortunate, yet real part of our history. Go to the Daily Mail for more photos and information on this story. You can also go to the original source, Library of Congress.

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