A carte de viste featuring a black and white photograph of three children, two girls and a boy, gathered around a man in a chair. All are holding books. In the center, the boy stands wearing a dark colored jacket and pants. He holds a closed book in front of him using both hands, and looks to his proper left at the man seated in the chair. The man sits wearing a light colored jacket and pants. He is looking towards the open book he holds in his proper left hand. On the other side of the boy are two young girls, both seated, wearing light colored dresses with striped ribbon trim at the bottom of the wide hems. Under the picture is printed the title [LEARNING IS WEALTH / WILSON, CHARLEY, REBECCA & ROSA. / Slaves from New Orleans].
On the back is printed the copyright notice and a notice that the proceeds from the sale of the photograph will be devoted to "the education of Colored People in the department of the Gulf, now under the command of Major General Banks." A photographer's mark reading [CHAS. PAXSON, / PHOTOGRAPHER, / New York] is in the center.