Broadside advertising "Valuable Slaves at Auction" in New Orleans

Issued by
Girardey, C. E., French, born 1812
Subject of
Unidentified Child or Children
Unidentified Man or Men
Unidentified Woman or Women
February 3, 1859
On View
Concourse 3, C3 053
Museum MapsObjects in this Location
Slavery and Freedom
ink on paper (fiber product)
H x W: 16 1/8 × 7 5/8 in. (41 × 19.4 cm)
A broadside for the auction of twenty enslaved men, women, and children at the City Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. Large text printed in black ink at the top reads [VALUABLE / SLAVES / AT AUCTION, / AT THE CITY HOTEL COMMON ST. / BY C.E. GIRARDEY & CO., Office No. 6 Banks' Arcade]. Below this, it gives the date of the sale as [THURSDAY, Feb. 3, 1859] and lists the names, ages and skills of the enslaved individuals for sale:
[1. ISAM, black, aged about 40 years, a superior engineer and blacksmith has worked over 20 years with the late Wm. Chapman; is well known for character and qualification throughout the Parish of St. James.
2. JOHN, griffe, aged 24 years, a No. 1 carpenter and ship caulker.
3. TOM, black, aged 24 years, a No. 1 blacksmith and machinist.
4. ALEXANDER, mulatto, aged 28 years, a No. 1 stone cutter.
5. STEPHEN, black, aged 24 years, field hand.
6. EDWARD, black, aged 14 years, field hand.
7. JACK, black, aged 21 years, field hand.
8. GEORGE, mulatto, aged 30 years, house and confidential servant.
9. JAROTT, black aged 25 years, field hand.
10. MADORA, black, aged 18 years, extra likely.
11. MATILDA, black, aged 17 years, good cook, washer and ironer.
12. PAULINE, black, aged 13 years, speaks French and English, good house girl and child’s nurse.
13. BETSY, black, aged 12 years, house girl.
14. PHOEBY, black, aged 20 years, extra likely.
15. MARY, black, aged 25 years, superior washer and ironer.
16. CLARISSY, black, aged 40 years, field hand.
17. MARY, black, aged 80 years, cook, washer and ironer.
18. MARY JANE, black, aged 30 years, field hand.
19. PHILUS, black, aged 30 years, good cook, washer and ironer, and her child aged 2 years.]
Beneath the listing, the text notes the sale will include [Several other Plantation Hands] and that the terms are cash. Along the very bottom is [The slaves may be seen at the office of the Auctioneers] in between two small icons of pointing hands. The sheet has been adhered to a stiff piece of paper as a backing. There are no marks or inscriptions on the verso.
Place used
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
American South
Domestic slave trade
Fancy Girl trade
Skilled labor
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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