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  • Megan Schwobe

    The Branded Hand of Captain Jonathan Walker, 1845. He gained international fame in November 1844 when convicted by a Florida jury of “aiding and inducing two slaves to run away, and stealing two others.” Walker was sentenced “to be placed in the pillory for one hour; then brought into court, and branded in the right hand with the letters SS…which stood for “slave stealer,” intended as a punishment, & as a warning to like-minded white people

  • Adelaidebeatrice Laing

    ca. 1845, “The Branded Hand of Captain Jonathan Walker”, Southworth and Hawes. The inscription on the back of the case reads: This Daguerreotype was taken by Southworth Aug. 1845 it is a copy of Captain Jonathan Walker’s hand as branded by the U.S. Marshall of the Dist. of Florida for having helped 7 men to obtain ‘Life Liberty, and Happiness.’…The brand is “S.S.” for “Slave Stealer”. This photo inspired the famous engraving "The Branded Hand".

  • Christina B

    A man's hand branded for freeing slaves, 1845 (Two S's are branded beneath the thumb- this stood for "slave stealer" to those who inflicted the punishment. To others, it meant "slave savior"). The inscription on the back of the case reads: This Daguerreotype was taken by Southworth Aug. 1845. It is a copy of Captain Jonathan Walker’s hand as branded by the U.S. Marshall of the Dist. of Florida for having helped 7 men to obtain “Life Liberty, and Happiness.”

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