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Great Sale of Slaves

Wilson Chinn, a sixty year old former slave was branded on the forehead with his owner's initials, 'V. B. M.' Chinn is wearing a contraption and irons designed to prevent slave escapes. At lower left is a slave paddle. Ca. 1864.

  • Pam Watterson

    I know this does not compare to the horres this man went thru. I was paddled by a teacher in 1980 with one of those paddles for forgetting my homework. Another teacher finally stopped her from hitting me after 20 whacks.

Slaves Dance to Banjo

Pictured: A former slave reveals the scars on his back from whippings before he escaped to become a Union soldier.