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Slavery and Freedom Gallery
Slavery and Freedom
Printed by
Subject of
Unidentified Man or Men
Unidentified Child or Children
Issued by
Doniphan, Anderson, American
Frazee, Joseph, American
Morford, John D., American
January 20, 1840
ink on paper (fiber product)
H x W: 10 1/2 x 7 5/8 in. (26.7 x 19.4 cm)
A broadside with printed black text on off-white paper. Large, bold text at the top reads [$1000 / REWARD!] Followed by smaller text reading [RAN AWAY from the subscribers on the night of the 5th inst. a NEGRO MAN named / George, / aged 22 or 23 years, 5 feet 7 or 8 inches in height] and goes on to describe his appearance and possible clothing, which includes [a green frock cloth coat, with a black velvet collar, a low-crowned white silk hat]. The text then continues on to describe [one negro BOY, aged 25 or twenty-six years; named / Jefferson], as well as [One negro girl named ESTHER (nicknamed Puss,) aged 17 or 18, black, tall, slim and regularly proportioned, - diffident and serious, embarrassed hen addressed, and at the same time picks or plays with fingers.] who is the sister of George, and [a girl named AMANDA, aged 15 or 16, a dark copper colored mulatto, thick and heavy set, 5 ft. 4 inches high, has a sullen and impudent look, a large head of hair, and a green lincy dress.] The text goes on to give the terms of the reward, which promised $300 for either George or Jefferson and $200 for either Esther or Amanda. At bottom left is [Germantown, Mason Co. Ky. / 20th January, 1840] and at bottom right are the names of the posters: [ANDERSON DONIPHAN / JOSEPH FRAZEE / JOHN D. MORFORD]. There is considerable loss at the bottom right corner of the page.
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Place depicted
Germantown, Mason County, Kentucky, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
Liljenquist Family Collection
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
Fugitive enslaved
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from the Liljenquist Family Collection
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public Domain
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