Thank you to all the photographers who entered the photo contest in the November/December 2005 issue of FOOTSTEPS. Selecting one entry to feature is always a difficult process as every submission has its own merits and strengths.

As the feature photo, FOOTSTEPS magazine chose the one pictured here, submitted by Andrea Elan Carrington of Brooklyn, New York.

Read Andrea’s description of the photo:

The figure to the left in the painting is Reverend Henry Ward Beecher, who presided over Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims in Brooklyn. He was brother to Harriet Beecher Stow, the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. The little girl was known in 1860 as "Pinky," a slave.

Beecher acted as auctioneer and held slave auctions from the pulpit on Sunday mornings. His congregation would pass the collection plate and raise money to purchase a slave’s freedom and then set him/her free. On this day, the 9-year-old girl was purchased for $900.00 Standing to the left of the painting is Brooklynite Sophie Williams-Johnson, Pinky's grand niece.