See 164-Year Old Picture of Slave Trade Publication In The US


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A very rare 164 year old picture of a publication advertising for sale African slaves in the US has emerged online.

The Publication, dated January 10th 1855 titled “GREAT SALE OF SLAVES” had advertised for sale, twenty-three (23) men and women of different age grades, character and body build. The slaves were apparently owned by John Carter, Esq. and were advertised for sale at public auction at the Slave Market, Cheapside, Lexington.

The advert reads in full: “

THERE Will Be Offered For Sale at Public Auction at the SLAVE MARKET, CHEAPSIDE, LEXINGTON, All The SLAVES of JOHN CARTER, Esquire, of LEWSIS COUNTY, KY., On Account of His Removal to Indiana, a FreeState. The Slaves Listed Below Were All Raised on the CARTER PLANTATION at QUICK’S RUN, Lewis County, Kentucky.


The publication then went on to read the details of the 23 slaves for auction, thus:

3 Bucks Aged From 20 to 26, Strong, AbleBodied

1 Wench, Sallie, Aged 42, Excellent Cook

1 Wench, Lize, Aged 23 with 6 mo. old Picinniny

One Buck, Aged 52, good Kennel Man

17 Bucks, Aged from Twelve to Twenty, Excellent

See the image here, courtesy of SMITH COLLECTION/GADO

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