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Enslaved People; Slavery
This collection seeks to identify some of the people who were enslaved in the Shoals area.
Negroes for Sale
An advertisement from the Vicksburg (MS) Register of Thursday, September 1, 1836, for the sale of 110 slaves, including 85 in Grenada, Mississippi and 25 from his residence near Florence, Alabama, which included "6 valuable house servants, and…
Eight Abolitionist Societies in Alabama in the 1830s.
1. Pages 87 and 92 of "Anti-Slavery Sentiment in the South; With Unpublished Letters from John Stuart Mill and Mrs. Stowe" by Stephen D. Weeks, Ph.D.
Concerning the existence of abolitionist societies in Northwest Alabama, Weeks writes:
This is an advertisement for Dr. C.S. Fenner, who advertised that he operated on cases of vesico-vaginal fistulas in women, particularly "planters who having negro women, who are useless...can, in most instances, have them restored to their full…
"For Sale: A First Rate Likely Negro Boy"
This is an ad for the sale of an enslaved boy, "raised in this country by John Duckett," offered by T. W. Young. Young explained, "my object is to get money."
Benham vs Harris: A Debt paid in Enslaved People
This is a newspaper notice for a circuit court charge levied by Vincent M. Benham on James B. Harris over $400, which was levied on the estate of Harris on the following enslaved people: Grace, about 45 years old; Beckey, about 21 years old; Julia,…
Luke and Jack Harrison, escaped from the James Hood plantation 3 miles west of Florence
This is a newspaper advertisement announcing that man named Luke and a man named Jack Harrison had escaped the James Hood plantation west of Florence.
A man who escaped from the plantation of James Jackson and was apprehended near Natchez, MS.
This is a newspaper notice alerting the public that a man, about 40 years of age, 5'10", and alleged to have been enslaved by James Jackson, was captured and taken to the Choctaw Agency near Natchez, MS.
Committed to the Jail of Sumner County (TN), Charles, escaped from the James Jackson plantation
This is a newspaper notice informing the public that Charles, escaped from the James Jackson plantation in Florence, Alabama, had been committed to the Sumner County (TN) jail.
Ben, escaped from John McKinley
This is a newspaper advertisement seeking a person to deliver Ben, a man of 20 years, to John McKinley in Huntsville or Isaac Southworth in Florence. Ben had escaped from McKinley in Huntsville before being captured and committed to the jail in…
"Forty Dollar Reward" for James and Isham, escaped from the Patrick Andrews plantation
This is a newspaper advertisement announcing that two men, named James and Isham, had escaped from the Patrick Andrews plantation near Florence. James was described as 22 years old, 5'10", "spare made, and walks very straight, yellowish complexion,…
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