Broadside for the sale of enslaved persons and other property of William Bland

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2 images
Printed by
T. H. Gunter & Co., American
Subject of
Bland, William, American, 1765 - 1850
Unidentified Man or Men
Unidentified Woman or Women
Unidentified Child or Children
Medium
ink on paper, cardboard , metal and glass
Dimensions
framed: 11 x 14 x 1/2 in. (27.9 x 35.6 x 1.2 cm)
H x W (unframed): 7 3/8 x 9 3/4 in. (18.7 x 24.8 cm)
Type
broadsides
Place printed
Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Kentucky, United States, North and Central America
Date
1847
Caption
People, Livestock, and Tools for Sale, 1847
Enslaved people were traded no differently than a piece of farming equipment, livestock, or commodity crops. Slave traders and owners viewed the men, women, and children listed as inventory in this broadside as inhuman and lacking feeling, but they were loved by someone.
Source: Nancy Bercaw, Curator, Slavery and Freedom
Description
A paper broadside advertising a public sale of enslaved people and other property owned by William Bland. The broadside has black text on yellowed paper. Some of the ink in the top right corner has bled and stained the paper. Additional marks and water stains appear throughout the advertisement. The broadside reads “PUBLIC SALE. / There will be sold to the highest bidder on the 26th / inst., at the residence of William Bland, sen., living 1 mile / from the Red Mills, the personal property of said bland. / 3 NEGRO MEN, 4 women, 1 boy, and some children, / 12 or 15 head of Horses, 1 yoke of Oxen, 25 or 30 / head of Cattle, 40 or 50 head of Sheep, 80 or 100 head / of Hogs, 1 five-horse Wagon, Farming Utensils of every / description. Also—a quantity of Wheat, Corn, Oats, Hay, / &c. Household & Kitchen Furniture, with many other / articles too tedious to mention. / All of the above property will be sold on a credit of 12 / months. Bond and good security will be required of the / purchasers. / L. BBLAND / JNO. A. RAIN, / E. H. BLAND, / Agents. / February 19, 1847. / T. H. Gunter & CO., Printers, Elizabethtown, Ky.”
Topic
African American
Domestic slave trade
Finance
Slavery
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2011.155.292
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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