NEW YORK (AP) — A New York Times report that a woman who posted an online postcard showing a photo of herself posing with slaves was paid by slave owners has sparked anger among abolitionists and some Democrats who said it showed the extent of slavery.

The postcard was shared online last month and had a message on its front page saying, “I’m so glad to see this photo and to see the picture of my slave ancestors.”

The caption said the postcard had been posted by a woman, but did not identify her.

It was later removed.

The New York City chapter of the NAACP said Monday it had filed a lawsuit against the paper, calling the postcards “outrageous.”

“The New York State Attorney General’s Office should immediately investigate this egregious abuse of power and take swift action to prosecute whoever was responsible for posting the vile images,” NAACP President Cornell William Brooks said in a statement.

The NAACP is the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, founded in 1865.

The group said it plans to file suit in federal court against the newspaper.

The Times published the post card, which it said was “written in English and included the caption: I’m so happy to see my slave ancestor.

It also includes a photograph of the slave who is depicted in the post,” according to the report.

The paper published the caption Monday, and said it had removed it.

The woman’s attorney, James C. Davis, said the Times should apologize for its mistake.

“The Times of London has no excuse,” Davis told the New Jersey newspaper, the Journal News.

“They didn’t know the source of this postcard, so they just published it.”

The New Jersey office of the state attorney general’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.

Davis said the woman did not intend to offend anyone.

The Associated Press could not reach the woman by phone Monday.

She did not respond to an email seeking comment.

The letter from the New Orleans office of U.S. Attorney Patrick C. Fitzpatrick said the office was “aware of a postcard posted by an individual claiming to be a descendant of slaves” on a website for abolitionists.

Fitzpatrick added that the office had no record of the post.

“If there is any indication that this individual was paid for the post, we will investigate this matter,” Fitzpatrick said in the letter.

“We are deeply troubled by the egregious act and we are committed to pursuing the individuals responsible.”

The postcards have caused controversy in the abolitionist movement.

In May, New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu said he was “shocked” that slavery had existed in Louisiana.

“It’s been in this state for thousands of years.

It’s a part of our history,” Landrieus said at the time.

In August, the New Mexico state senator who is a leader of the pro-slavery Senate Democrats, Republican Senator Jose Rodriquez, said he would introduce legislation to prevent the printing of the New Hampshire-based Times postcard in the state.

“I believe that this image and the poster are repugnant and should be removed,” Rodrios said.

“There’s no reason that this would happen.”

On Monday, the NAACP called on the New Yorker to take action.

“This is despicable, reprehensible, and we will fight for justice,” the group said in an email.

“While the paper has removed the post from its front pages, we urge New Yorkers to file lawsuits to hold the paper accountable for this outrageous act.”

The Times has not said why it did not remove the post cards or what action the newspaper will take.

“Any postcard that has the subject line ‘A Postcard of Slaves’ will be removed from our site immediately,” a Times spokesperson told The Associated