Broadside for an auction of enslaved persons at the Charleston courthouse

Image for Broadside for an auction of enslaved persons at the Charleston courthouse
Created by
Unidentified
Medium
ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 13 5/16 x 8 7/16 in. (33.8 x 21.5 cm)
Type
broadsides
Place made
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Date
1859
Description
A broadside advertising a court-ordered slave of enslaved persons at the courthouse in Charleston, South Carolina, on January 10, 1859. The paper is printed in black ink with hand-written annotations along columns printed with the first names and ages of ninety-nine [99] enslaved men, women, and children. The names are numbered and grouped together into subsets. Large printed text at top reads, [UNDER DECREE IN EQUITY. / SANDERS vs. SANDERS, et al]. The handwritten notations make remarks like "healthy," "very fine," "sold privately," "dead," "shot in leg," "breeding," "leg broke," "lost a toe," "white," and "mostly white." The names listed are as follows:
First column:
London, 55; Nelly, 50; Dick, 15; Rosy, 4
Cuffy, 35; Becker, 19
Caroline, 29; Martha, 4; Bull or Frederick, 12; Infant, 9 months
Charity, 30; Susan, 17; Floride, 2; Infant, 6 months
Ned, 60; Silvy, 35; Frank, 11;
Easton, 3; Infant, 3 months; Billy, 68; Lucy, 50; Binah, 14; Phillis, 12; Jack, 11;
Thomas, 26; Toney, 30;
Becky, 30; Sammy 5; Fed, 3; Infant, 7 months;
Isaac, 30;
Moses, 25;
Morris, 21;
Billy, 45; Hagar, 50; Joe, 35; William, 20; Rose, 15;
Martha, 70; Nancy, 45; Rachel, 22; Ben, 16; Lot, 10;
Betty, 25; Plymouth, 2;
London, 26; Grace, 22; Harriet, 2;
Hester, 25; Amos, 21; Elsey, 5;
Second column:
Jacob, 55; Mary, 45; Emma, 21; Rose, 15; Aelie, 18; Simon, 13; Francis, 6; Mary, 3;
Hardtimes, 70; Sary, 30; Anne, 18;
Old Peter, 70; Old Nancy, 60;
Old Hester, 68; Maggy, 40; Edward, 19; Susan, 17; Robert, 13; Martha, 7; Sarah, 2;
Peter, 28; Venus, 25; Henry, 8; Hamilton, 4; Cornelia, 1;
Lydy, 25; Hannah, 6 months;
Hannah, 30; Nero, 10; Rachel, 7; August, 4; Henry, 2; Infant, 1 month;
Old Frank, 60;
Toney, 30;
Jake, 35; Eliza, 30; Pleasant, 12; Sukey, 10; Amanda, 8; Catharine, 3;
David, 36;
Jim 39;
Binah, 60;
March, 40;
Bob, 35;
Sarah, 12;
Harriet, 14
Topic
African American
Colorism
Domestic slave trade
Families
Finance
Law
Slavery
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2010.21.3
Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Classification
Documents and Published Materials
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture