Enslaved African in Barracoon, 1880s

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Image Reference

E.J. Glave, The Slave-Trade in the Congo Basin. By one of Stanley's pioneer officers. Illustrated after sketches from life by the author (The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine, 1889-1890), vol. 39, pp. 824-838.

Caption, "A Captive". The author lived in the Congo for six years, 1883-1889, and provides a vivid account of slaving activities in the Congo river basin. The illustration shown here, of a man in a 'slave shed" or barracoon, is described as follows: "Captives . . . are hobbled with roughly hewn logs which chafe their limbs to open sores; sometimes a whole tree presses its weight on their bodies while their necks are penned into the natural prong formed by its branching limbs" (Glave, p. 830); see related images by Glave in this website. In Glave's book "In Savage Africa" (New York, 1892), p. 123, the same illustration, captioned "awaiting execution" is used, but now to accompany a description of how certain slaves of men of high rank are executed so their spirits will accompany that of the deceased into the afterlife. (Katherine Prior brought Glave's account to our attention).