Broadside for an auction of enslaved persons at the Charleston courthouse

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The history of enslaved persons is often difficult to uncover. Broadsides are one of the helpful sources that provide us with clues about individuals and their history. This broadside advertises a court-ordered auction of slaves from the case “Sanders vs. Sanders.” The auction took place in 1859 outside the courthouse in Charleston, South Carolina. Over 50 names of men, woman, and children are listed with their age and annotated notes about their health or final sales. Help us transcribe the broadside and shed light on the stories of not just the institution of slavery, but the individual men, women, and children who helped shape America.

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