Whipping a Slave, Delaware, 1858

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This record was last updated on 27 Dec 2012

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William Still, The Underground Railroad (Philadelphia,1872), p. 470. (Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

George Laws was accused by his master of mistreating a horse so that the horse refused to haul dirt. Laws is shown here being hoisted with block and tackle prior to being whipped with a cowhide; he was ultimately able to escape (case described on pp. 470-471). Still was the son of fugitive slaves and headed the underground railroad in Philadelphia through the 1850s (information provided by Phil Lapsansky, Library Company of Philadelphia).