Whipping a Slave, Virginia, 19th cent.

Description

Caption, The Brutal Whipping of Matt; depicted is the whipping of a slave, Matt, on a plantation in southern Virginia on the North Carolina border. The beating occurs, Livermore writes, because the overseer was injured in an accidental burning at the blacksmith's forge, and irrationally decided that Matt was responsible. The slave Matt, a most intelligent and manly fellow, a great favorite with the children and myself received thirty-nine lashes, and was beaten until the lacerated body hung limp and seemingly lifeless (pp. 212-17)

Source

Mary Ashton Rice Livermore, The Story of My Life (Hartford, 1897), p. 215

Language

English

Rights

Image is in the public domain. Metadata is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International.

Identifier

Livermore215

Spatial Coverage

North America--Virginia

Citation

"Whipping a Slave, Virginia, 19th cent. ", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed October 25, 2021, http://slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/1237
Caption, The Brutal Whipping of Matt; depicted is the whipping of a slave, Matt, on a plantation in southern Virginia on the North Carolina border. The beating occurs, Livermore writes, because the overseer was injured in an accidental burning at the blacksmith's forge, and irrationally decided that Matt was responsible. The slave Matt, a most intelligent and manly fellow, a great favorite with the children and myself received thirty-nine lashes, and was beaten until the lacerated body hung limp and seemingly lifeless (pp. 212-17)
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