There are few photographic records of African American life in the years during and just after the Civil War; many that do exist are owned by Detroit collector Jackie Napolean Wilson, the grandson of a slave, or by the Getty Museum in Malibu. Wilson and the Getty combined their collections for a show opening Feb. 28, called "Hidden Witness: African Americans in Early Photography. Captions for these photos from the show are taken from the curators' wall text that will accompany the images.

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