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Collection: Enslaved People
"$10 Reward" for Sampson
This is a newspaper ad for an escaped man named Sampson.
"$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…
"$50 Reward" for runaway slave, Cato
This is a newspaper notice offering a reward for the capture of Cato, about 23 years of age, 5' 6 or 7 inches tall, who ran away from the Franklin County plantation of John Bell.
"150 Dollars Reward" for Nathan, a mulatto boy
This is a newspaper notice submitted by A.G. Booth claiming that a mulatto boy named Nathan, about 4 years old, was "stolen" from him. According to Booth, Nathan was "backward when spoken to," and had a "fresh burn on the side of his neck."
"40 Dollars Reward"
Bob and Luke, escaped from the plantation of James Hood
This is a newspaper advertisement announcing that two men had escaped from James Hood's plantation, two miles west of Florence. Bob is described as 5 feet 3 or 4 inches in height, "remarkably stout made, thick short neck, and speaks rough, between 23…
"Eleven Negroes" for sale
This is a newspaper advertisement for the sale of 11 people. Daniel, Frank, Malinda, and Amanda,who belonged to the estate of Thomas Pointer, deceased; Miner, Byrd, Harry, and Jane, belonging to Phillip Pointer and to the estate of Thomas and Samuel…
"Executor's sale of a valuable farm and negroes;" estate of Capt. Arthur Jones
This is a notice of a sale of property from the estate of Capt. Arthur Jones, deceased, that included "forty-eight likely negroes, on a credit of 12 months."
This is a newspaper advertisement for an executor's sale of property owned by Dr. John Young, including an enslaved man named Sanford, age 45.
"Fifty Dollar Reward" for Jacob, escaped from A.B. Washington of LaGrange, Franklin Co.
This is a newspaper notice announcing that Jacob, a man between 30 and 40 years old and about 5'10" in height, had escaped from A.B. Washington near LaGrange, AL.
"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."