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Collection: Enslaved People
Fifty Dollar Reward for Burrel
This is a newspaper announcement offering a reward for the capture of Burrel, a man about 21 or 22, described as 6'3" of 6'4" and 180 to 200lbs, and said to have been raised near Tuscumbia, AL. He escaped from near Bethel in Wilcox County, AL.
Trust Sale of property belonging to Henry Williams of Tuscumbia
This is a newspaper advertisement for the public sale of property that belonged to Henry Williams of Tuscumbia, including enslaved people:
Patience, 42 and her three children William, 10, John, 9, and Matilda, 2.
Trust Sale of three people that formerly belonged to Thomas S. Hereford
This is a newspaper advertisement for the sale of three people by Thomas Hereford:
Jane, about 50;
David, about 50;
George, about 23.
Trust Sale of property belonging to Robert A. Goodloe
This is a newspaper advertisement for a trust sale in which people belonging to Robert A. Goodloe were to be auctioned off at Barton's corner in Tuscumbia. The people included:
Jacob, about 40; Jacob's wife Susan, 35; their four children Eliza 11,…
George Ragland: notice to hire twenty enslaved bricklayers
This is a newspaper ad seeking "twenty negro men" to work as bricklayers for George Ragland in Memphis, TN.
Bill, ran away from plantation in Fulton, MS
This is a newspaper article about a man named Bill, who ran away from a plantation in Fulton, MS. Bill's previous owner was Capt. Joshua Cox of Tuscumbia.
Sheriff's sale, Tuscumbia, Franklin County AL
This is a newspaper advertisement for the sale of property, including enslaved people:
Cesar, about 50;
Umphrey, about 50;
"Trust Sale of Negroes" by Thomas Hereford
This is a trust sale of property that belonged to Thomas S. Hereford that took place in 1841 in front of the C.T. Barton & Brother store in Tuscumbia. Among the people sold:
Davy, an old man
Fanny, an old woman;
George, a young man;
"$50 Reward" for Cesar
This is a newspaper notice announcing that Cesar, a man of about 40 years old, who had been "hired out" to work at the warehouse and landing in Tuscumbia, had escaped. Cesar was described as being of "copper color" and was well known in the…
"Valuable Land and Negroes for Sale"
This is a newspaper advertisement for the sale of property, including about 35 enslaved people.