African American Culture

Photograph of newspaper advertisement from the 1780's (?) for the sale of slaves at Ashley Ferry outside of Charleston, South Carolina. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. Washington at Mount Vernon. Am I not a man and a brother? The design was originally adopted as the seal of the Society for the Abolition of Slavery in England in the 1780's. Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Washington, D.C.
"Slavery is such an atrocious debasement of human nature, that its very extirpation, if not performed with solicitous care, may sometimes open a source of serious evils." — Benjamin Franklin, An Address to the Public, November, 1789