The last slave ship to carry Africans to the United States landed in Mobile Bay. The Clotilde transported 116 Prisoners of War and kidnapped persons from Dahomey as slaves to Alabama in 1859. The U.S. government had outlawed the import of slaves from outside the nation for several decades, though selling slaves between the states was legal.
Mobile, Alabama, slave owners often treated slaves quite harshly. In 1860, there were more than 435,000 slaves in Mobile. Slavery was ended there when Alabama ratified the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1865, which abolished slavery.
Offering a one-page, 6 ½ x 7 ½ receipt, dated January 12, 1844, “Bot of Colby Stewart 4 Negro Blankets for $3 each...Recv pay by J.L. Bryan” for the Bryan estate and apparently signed by Colby Stewart.
Folds with toning throughout. Edge tear reinforced with archival tape.
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