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Collection: Enslaved People
(1)This is a newspaper advertisement for "negro shoes," of which the merchant Alexander had many extra pair. They were advertised as "double soled," and "very cheap, for cash or credit."
"Sheriff's Sale of 50 or 60 Negroes" from the estate of James C. Kennerly
(1) This is a newspaper advertisement for the sale of "50 or 60 negroes" from the estate of James C. Kennerly in Tuscumbia.
Public Slave Sales
This is a collection of advertisements for public slave sales that took place in front of the Lauderdale County Courthouse in downtown Florence.
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…
Patrick and Lundsford, runaways
This is a newspaper notice that a man named Patrick (about 25 years old) and a man named Lundsford (about 20 years old), both with a "yellow" complexion, ran away from the plantation of James Allen near Courtland, AL. Allen believed they were headed…
Joanna, a mulatto
This is a bill of sale between Lewis B. Allen of Richmond, VA and John Coffee of Florence. Allen sold Joanna, a mulatto enslaved woman, to Coffee for $400.
Alfred, about 18 years old
This is a bill of sale between Lewis B. Allen of Richmond, VA and John Coffee of Florence, for Alfred, an enslaved man about 18 years old. Coffee paid Allen $435 for Alfred.
Jerry, about 19
This is a bill of sale between Lewis B. Allen of Richmond, VA and John Coffee of Florence for the enslaved man Jerry, about 19 years old. Coffee paid Allen $430 for Jerry.
John, a runaway
This is a newspaper notice that an enslaved man named John, alleged to belong to the widow Cook of near New Orleans, was captured and detained near Russellville, AL.
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.