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The 13th amendment to the United States' Constitution that prohibited slavery and involuntary servitude makes an exception for convicted prisoners. Together with a justice system that disproportionately targets people of color, it has allowed for the forced labor of predominantly non-white people to continue in the U.S. to this day. This postcard photograph of a North Carolina convict camp is an example of the racial disparity in forced prison labor. In a group of 70 uniformed convicts only four are white, while the guards are all white.

National Museum of African American History and Culture Object Description

This black-and-white photographic postcard depicts a North Carolina Convict Camp in Lauringburg, NC. The convicts sit grouped on a small embankment, wear black and white striped prison uniforms. Several of the individuals have dogs sitting with them. Standing behind the prisoners are five (5) men in civilian clothes. In the background is a large tent and a small wooden building among trees. White text in a lighter colored rectangle at the bottom front margin reads "A North Carolina Convict Camp." On the reverse, printed across the top is [POST CARD] on the left with an AZO [PLACE STAMP HERE] mark, followed by two sections with [CORRESPONDENCE HERE] on the left and [NAME AND ADDRESS] on the right. A handwritten inscription ...

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