"Slave Dealing in New-Orleans--An Auction" - New York Tribune

"Slave Dealing in New-Orleans--An Auction" - New York Tribune

by: Northrop | publication date: January 26, 1846 | Publication: The New York Tribune | pages: 1

I saw some 40 or 50 very fine-looking negroes and negresses, all neatly dressed, standing on a bench directly in front of a building, which I took to be a meeting or school house, walking by, a genteel-looking man stepped up and asked me if I wished to buy a likely boy or girl. Telling him I was a stranger and asking for information, he told me it was one of the slave-markets: that they stood there for examination and that he had sold 50,000 dollars worth and sent them off that morning.

A correspondent for the New York Tribune attends a slave market where he witnesses the examination and sale of individual slaves and even an entire family.

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