Branding Slaves, 19th cent.

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This record was last updated on 02 Jun 2016

Image Reference

William O. Blake, The History of Slavery and the Slave Trade (Columbus, Ohio, 1857), p. 97.

Enslaved female being branded by a white man; other African women, presumably waiting to be branded. Blake uses this illustration to depict the lengths to which slave traders would go in order to keep track of their merchandise. The illustration appears to be an embellishment of an earlier one in another source (see image H006 on this website; also, for details on branding). The same image is also found in later editions of Blake. In any case, this image is apparently not based on an eye-witness, but was fabricated by the artist.