Henry Bibb, U.S. South, ca. 1849

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Henry Bibb, Narrative of the life and adventures of Henry Bibb, an American slave, written by himself (New York, 1849), facing title page.

One of the most celebrated of the North American slave narratives. Bibb was born of a slave mother in Kentucky in 1815. He escaped from slavery in 1838, and ultimately became a leading figure in the fugitive slave community of Canada. The bottom of this image is a small sketch of a slave running away; to the left of the sketch, "Stop the runaway! Where is he?" ; on the right, "$ 50 reward for him. Bottom caption, "Daniel Lane after Henry Bibb in Louisville Kentucky, June 1838. The object was to sell Bibb in the slave market, but Bibb turned the corner too quick for him & escaped."