The American Civil War and Mystic, Connecticut
Object ID:
Fish Collection
Scope & Content:
"A Slave—Pen at New Orleans—Before the Auction. A Sketch of the Past" illustration from Harper's Weekly (Jan. 24, 1863,p. 61), apparently a copy published originally in The Illustrated London News (Jan—June, 1861), vol. 38, p. 307.

"Shows formally dressed men, with top hats, and women, presumably house servants, waiting to be sold; sign over doorway reads 'T. Hart Slaves.' According to the article in the ILN, "The accompanying engraving represents a gang of Negroes exhibited in the city of New Orleans, previous to an auction, from a sketch made on the spot by our artist. The men and women are well clothed, in their Sunday best—— the men in blue cloth . . . with beaver hats; and the women in calico dresses, of more or less brilliancy, with silk bandana handkerchiefs bound round their heads . . . . they stand through a good part of the day, subject to the inspection of the purchasing or non—purchasing passing crowd . . . . An orderly silence is preserved as a general rule at these sales, although conversation does not seem to be altogether prohibited.
Click to Enlarge