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Collection: Enslaved People
Sheriff's Sale of Mary and her four children
This is a newspaper advertisement for a sheriff's sale of five people. Mary, 23 and her four children:
Ellen, 2 months
The sale was arranged to satisfy debts belonging to Wilson Phillips.
$50 Dollar Reward
A January 12, 1828 notice placed in the Huntsville, AL Democrat by Madison County Jailor FL White offering a $50 reward for information regarding the escaped criminal, David H. Dyer as well as a "liberal reward" for escaped criminal Charles Watkins,…
The murder of an enslaved man owned by Thomas Kirkman by Mr. Isaac Vanlier
This is a newspaper article detailing the murder of an enslaved man, owned by Thomas Kirkman, by Isaac Vanlier.
Peter, escaped from Florence
This is a newspaper description about an enslaved man named Peter who escaped slavery in Florence, Alabama. Peter was described as about 50 years old, 6 feet in height, and was seen at his brother's house in Nashville, TN. His brother, Isaac…
Lewis, Nicholas, Jim, and Charles--escaped from the Key Plantation near Florence
This is a newspaper advertisement describing four enslaved men that escaped from the Key Plantation near Florence.
Lewis, about 28
Nicholas, about 25
Jim, a "bright, yellow boy" about 18
Charles, about 20
Charlotte, escaped from the Peters Plantation near Florence
This is a newspaper ad claiming that an enslaved woman, Charlotte, had been taken to the Davidson County, TN jail. Charlotte was described as about 30 years old.
Braxton, escaped from James Shelton & Co. near Florence
This is a newspaper advertisement describing Braxton, an enslaved man who escaped from James Shelton and Co near Florence, AL. Braxton was described as 20 years of age, 5'10" in height, with badly frostbitten feet.
Elijah, escaped from the Joseph S.D. Smith estate
This is a newspaper ad describing Elijah, recently escaped from the Joseph S.D. Smith plantation. Elijah was described as "a good barber" and carriage driver with "mahogany" color, about 30 years of age and 5'9" in height.
Joseph, committed to the Davidson County, TN jail
This is a newspaper article about an enslaved man named Joseph who was taken to the Davidson County, TN, jail. Joseph claimed to belong to Peter Armistead of Lauderdale County, AL, and was about 60 years old.
John, escaped from the James Hood plantation near Florence
This is a newspaper article describing John, an enslaved man who escaped from the James Hood plantation near Florence. John apparently called himself John D. Armis or John Taylor, was a "tolerable" blacksmith, and was about 30 years of age. He took…