Porters Carrying Baskets of Coal, Brazil, 1853

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Harper's New Monthly Magazine (1853), vol. 7, p. 729. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

In the accompanying article, Thomas Ewbank reports how a "gang of fourteen slaves came past [his house], with enormously wide but shallow baskets on their heads. They were unloading a barge of sea-coal, and conveying it to a foundry or forge. The weight each bore appeared equal to that of a bag of coffee (160 lbs)" (p. 729).