Auction at Richmond

Description

Bourne described this illustration by quoting from a graphic description of auctions for slaves by an unnamed native of Virginia, who said, "Here, half covered with rags, and loaded with chains, human beings are driven together in crowds, and. . . are sold and bought. Within a few days past, I have beheld in Richmond hundreds of men, women, and children, thus exposed in the open streets, and bartered off like brute animals" (p. 111). The illustrations in this anti-slavery book strongly reflect its abolitionist perspective.

Source

George Bourne, Picture of slavery in the United State of America. . . (Boston, 1838), facing. p. 111.

Language

English

Rights

Image is in the public domain. Metadata is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International.

Identifier

bourne01

Spatial Coverage

North America--Virginia--Richmond

Citation

"Auction at Richmond", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed September 19, 2020, http://www.slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/2478
Bourne described this illustration by quoting from a graphic description of auctions for slaves by an unnamed native of Virginia, who said, "Here, half covered with rags, and loaded with chains, human beings are driven together in crowds, and. . . are sold and bought. Within a few days past, I have beheld in Richmond hundreds of men, women, and children, thus exposed in the open streets, and bartered off like brute animals" (p. 111). The illustrations in this anti-slavery book strongly reflect its abolitionist perspective.
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