Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia were the Kings and Queens of the Slave Game in 1820! My, Oh My history don’t yell a Lies. Yes, Sir. You six States surely OWNED this one.
But gosh, it’s so easy to play Judge and Jury. Yes, any of us can. Yes, other States were guilt as sin in the Slave Industry.
1754 NEGRO Servant / BLACK Slave Document SIGNED by ANDOVER Massachusetts TRADER
Oliver Peabody of Andover in the County of Essex in his Majesty’s, Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Trader, am Holden and stand firmly bound and obliged unto Nathaniel Kimball + Isaac Kimball of Bradford in the County + province above Written yeomen in the full and Just Sum of Three Hundred Pounds Lawful Money” AND ”That Whereas a Negro man Named Thomas formerly Servant To Mr. Jonathan Kimball of s:d (said) Bradford Dece:d (deceased) Father To ye above named Nath’ll + Isaac and s’d Negro-man Having with The Consent of the s’d (said) Nath’ll and Isaac Bound himself To the aboves:d (above said) Oliver Peabody for the Term of his (Thomas) Natural Life”. The document further states that Oliver Peabody must “do well + Truly Provide for s:d (said) Negro Both in Sickness + in health all That is Proper + Suitable for him During the Whole…of his life
Man, another example of a Black Slave not having, not entitled to a Last Name? And all of us have since learned that some slaves picked-up the Last Name of the family that last owned them. Maybe to let others know what area they come from and maybe, to let others know where to find them. But I’d like to think that they picked-up the Last Name of someone who genuinely cared for them or they even respected.
Sure, there was punishment for not working, but food, clothes, a place to sleep, family, and “being treated right” seem to be reasons to work as a Slave or Indentured Servant. But many aspects of Slavery and Indentured Servitude remain such a mystery.
I’m STUNNED, that Blacks are so determined to teardown Confederate Statues, but not tearing down Slave Plantation Homes and Slave Houses. Those seem to be greater reminders of the Slave Days past. Immortalizing them by leaving them standing.