Feb 21, 2008 - Sale 2137

Sale 2137 - Lot 71

Price Realized: $ 6,960
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
AN IMPORTANT CHARLESTON SLAVE SALE BROADSIDE (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Estate Sale--Prime Rice Field Negroes. By Capers & Huger. Two Hundred and Eighty Four Negroes, Belonging to the Estate of the Late Mr. Wm. Heywood, of St Luke's Parish, to be Sold in Families at the Mart, East Bay. On Tuesday, the 25th of January, 1848. Broadside, handbill 18 3/8 x 11 3/8 inches; heavily creased; several archival paper repairs to the reverse, two small pieces missing; one from the bottom and one from the left margin; with an inked note at the top "Valuation by Charles MacBeth by families and not individually," additional manuscript prices entered next to each family grouping. Needs conservation. sold as is. Charleston: Printed by S. S. Miller, 1848

Additional Details

The sale represented here is especially interesting as the slaves were to be sold only in family groups. This was no doubt at the request of the late Mr. Heywood or his heirs, and was certainly not common practice in the liquidation of a large estate. Charleston, South Carolina was one of the main centers of the 18th- and 19th-century slave trade in North America and tens of thousands of slaves were sold in the city.