Very Rare Slave Quilt Still Survives In Bristol

Slave-made and used quilts are very rare, but there is one here in Bristol. It was made by slave women on the Stoney Point plantation in what is now part of Bristol, Tenn. Read More … [Read more...]

Stories of early Natchez from a slave named Toney; his role in Revolt of 1781

Toney said he was "a great big boy" when he was taken from Africa -- the "old country." He held his hand four feet above the ground to display his height when he debarked a slave ship in Charleston. He said he was just big enough to plow. Read More … [Read more...]

Family matriarch bought husband

She saw him. She bought him. Then she married him. The backdrop for this couple's courtship was the early 19th century. Eli Whitney's cotton gin was new. Slave labor was woven into the fabric of the South. The Emancipation Proclamation hadn't been written. The Constitution didn't have a 14th Amendment which granted citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States." There was no Civil Rights Act. Read More … [Read more...]

With unearthing of infamous jail, Richmond confronts its slave past

The place called Lumpkin's Slave Jail was indeed a jail, but it was much more than that. It was a holding pen for human chattel. In Richmond's Shockoe Bottom river district, the notorious slave trader Robert Lumpkin ran the city's largest slave-holding facility in the 1840s and 1850s. Tens of thousands of blacks were held in the cramped brick building while they waited to be sold. Read More … [Read more...]

Web database catalogs slaves’ trans-Atlantic treks

Historians hope a new Web database will help bring millions of blacks closer to their African ancestors who were forced onto slave ships, connecting them to their heritage in a way that has long been possible for white Europeans. Read More … [Read more...]

New book examines black slave’s art and life

David Drake's pottery sells for thousands of dollars today, but in the 1800s, he was a black slave who made clay jars and pots at his owner's request. His history is chronicled in the book "Carolina Clay: The Life and Legend of the Slave Potter Dave" by author Leonard Todd, whose ancestors owned Drake when the family lived in Edgefield. Read More … [Read more...]

Richmond slave jail’s foundation found

With young black men used as bait, dogs were trained to track and pursue runaway slaves in the cobblestone courtyard of a Richmond slave jail. Hidden for more than a century, the courtyard of round, gray stones and other remnants of Lumpkin's Slave Jail lay exposed yesterday in the corner of a Shockoe Bottom parking lot. Read More … [Read more...]

Slave Girl’s Story Revealed Through Rare Records

Nearly 250 years ago a 10-year-old African girl was kidnapped and transported to South Carolina, where she was renamed Priscilla and sold into slavery. Unlike the ancestors of many African Americans who were brought to North America as slaves, Priscilla left a paper trail that tells her story and connects her to her living descendants. Read More … [Read more...]

Slave Descendants Face Struggles

It's hard to find ancestors who, in the eyes of the law, were property rather than persons. Descendants of American slaves must be tenacious to overcome the many obstacles imposed by their families' years in bondage. Read More … [Read more...]

Tour unveils freed slave community

In the midst of Stones River National Battlefield lies the remnants of a community. Bricks from homes, broken dishes and pipes lie scattered in wooded areas. No one is certain how or why the community started, but the answer may lie in its name: Cemetery. Read More … [Read more...]