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Collection: Enslaved People
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.
"Sale of Land and Negroes," property of Enas Fielder
This is a newspaper advertisement for the sale of property belonging to Enas Fielder, deceased, including Maria; Mat; John; Ned; Ann; Mary, and Alexander.
Cyrus, committed to Franklin County jail
This is a newspaper notice announcing that Cyrus, a man about 50 years old, described as "copper colored" and 6 feet tall, had been committed to the Franklin County jail. Cyrus was allegedly owned by John Beard of New Orleans.
Tust Sale, including Brodus and Lena
This is a newspaper advertisement for the trust sale of property belonging to Leonard Jones, who lived 3 miles west of Tuscumbia on Bear Creek. Included were Brodus, a man about 25 years of age, and Lena, a woman about 48 years of age.
Sheriff's sale of Hannah and Alfred
This is a newspaper account of a sheriff's sale of Hannah, about 35, and Alfred, about 5, owned by Wm. E. Newell, to "satisfy said executions in favor of Joel Leftwich and others."
"For sale, a likely negro woman"
This is a newspaper advertisement for the sale of a woman, about 25 to 30, who was described as "a good cook, washer, and ironer (sic), and a good second rate field hand."