His published account contains a number of images of slave life, several of which are included on this website. Blake uses this illustration to depict the lengths to which slave traders would go in order to keep track of their merchandise. Better buy us mas'r, we'm fus' rate bargain" - and so on. It had been announced that the Negroes would be sold in "families," that is to say; a man would not be parted from his wife, or a mother from a very young child. Oxford University Press,
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, 14 Dec.
Virginia Museum of History & Culture
These auctions occurred in sparsely furnished rooms where enslaved people were subject to intrusive physical examinations and the biddings of potential buyers. Early in the s McCoy purchased from his neighbor the female slave Bethany Veney and took her to Richmond to sell. From to John Armfield lived adjacent to the jail in a three-story brick house on Duke Street, in Alexandria. Their good qualities were enumerated in English and in French, and their persons were carefully examined by intending purchasers, among whom they were ultimately disposed of, chiefly to Creole buyers. The accompanying article describes the destruction in the previous June of this African-owned station which was defended by a cannon and by about free natives, with muskets, besides several bowmen and spearmen. Antebellum advertisements publicizing sales on the courthouse square give an idea of the skilled men and women who were sold at the Cheapside auction block. The most active buyer was Felix Garcia of St.