Mercy Street Cast Pays Tribute to History

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Mercy Street cast recreates 1862 contraband photo
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Get another sneak peek at Season 2 with the cast's recreation of an iconic 1862 contraband camp photo. 

Last summer, in celebration of Juneteenth, which is also known as Freedom Day, the cast of Mercy Street re-created an iconic 1862 contraband camp photo. According to the Library of Congress, the 1862 photo is of a Cumberland Landing, Va. group of "contrabands" at Foller's house.



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Mercy Street Season 2 Behind the Scenes: The Contraband Experience Go beyond Mansion House Hospital and into a contraband camp, as seen in Season 2.

More on Contrabands

Blog: Becoming "Contrabands"

Blog: Becoming "Contrabands"

Audrey Davis explores the history behind the African American "contrabands" of the 1860s.

Blog: For Freedom and Family

Blog: For Freedom and Family

Anya Jabour, Ph.D., provides historical background on the "contrabands" of the 1860s.

Blog: On Freedom, Bondage and Rape

Blog: On Freedom, Bondage and Rape

Mercy Street's Co-Creator discusses her writing team's decisions.


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