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Collection: Enslaved People
Fugitive Slave Notice
This is a fugitive slave notice posted in the Florence Gazette by Horace Summerhill, where he describes a boy named Charles who is "part Indian, part white man, and part nigger" who has escaped from the cotton fields on Summerhill's plantation.
Fugitive Slave notice
This is a fugitive slave notice for a man named "Syndor" who is described as being 33 years old, about 145 lbs, a "dark copper color," and having a scar across his nose and cheek.
Coffee Slave Deaths
This is a newspaper clipping about the death of three of John Coffee's slaves, who drowned when their canoe overturned.
Bill of Sale for Sampson, Minda, and Maria
This is a bill of sale between George Coalter and John Coffee for the sale of three slaves: Sampson, 30; Minda, 20; and Minda's child Maria, 2 for the sum of $1200.
Moses, an enslaved blacksmith
This is a bill of sale between George W. Harris of Huntsville, Alabama, and John Coffee of Florence. In it, Harris sold Moses, a "black smith by trade" to Coffee for $950. Moses is described as being 26 years old, a "sound, healthy negro and a good…
Webb, a mulatto man
This is a bill of sale for Webb, a mulatto man roughly 20 years of age in 1823. The sale is between Thomas Allsup (seller) and John Coffee (buyer) for the sum of $500.
Martin, aged about 21 years
This is a bill of sale between William W. Woods and John Coffee for the exchange of the enslaved person named Martin, aged about 21 years. Martin was sold to Coffee for $600.
Simon, aged about 20
This is a bill of sale between Caleb Hawkins and John Coffee for the exchange of a man named Simon for $550.
Betty, aged 16 and Willis, about 10
This is a bill of sale between Isham Johnston of Lawrence, County Tennessee and John Coffee. Johnston sold Betty, aged 16, and Willis, aged 10 years, for $675.
Nancy, about 30; Fanny, about 6; Jourdan, about 4; Christian, about 1
This is a bill of sale between William Shaw of Giles County, Tennessee, and John Coffee of Florence. Shaw sold Nancy, aged 30 and her children Fanny (6), Jourdan (4), and Christian (1) to Coffee for $700.