Kevin Levin at Civil War Memory raises some very good questions about a reported find of a Brady studios photograph in a North Carolina attic that purportedly depicts two African American slave children. To which I will add the observation that while this certainly can be viewed as an image of the generic horror of rural poverty, it is highly unlikely that it is a Brady photograph of slave children in the American South. The foliage just doesn't ring true for the period, and certainly not for North Carolina.
Yes, we have no bananas.
Caribbean and Latin America, yes. Carolina, no. Not in the 1860s. Not with banana leaves killed by temperatures under 20 degrees. Americans imported bananas in the 1870s, but we did not grow them during the Civil War, and only much later in south Florida and southern California.