Whipping a Slave, Delaware, 1858
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).
William Still, The Underground Railroad (Philadelphia,1872), p. 470. (Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)
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