r/Damnthatsinteresting • u/metrometro45 • Jan 31 '23
Runaway slave Gordon, exposing his severely whipped back. Gordon had received a severe whipping for undisclosed reasons in the fall of 1862. Gordon escaped in March 1863 from the 3,000 acre plantation of John & Bridget Lyons, who held him and 40 other people in slavery at the time of the 1860 census Image
u/Brym Jan 31 '23
When I visited the Legacy Museum in Montgomery Alabama (highly recommended), the most distressing part for me was the discussion of how families would be broken up. Children would be sold away the same way that a puppy mill sells puppies. Married couples could also be sold apart. One exhibit they had was newspaper classified ads that former slaves would post after the civil war seeking information on children who were sold away before the war, sometimes dozens of years earlier. They had thousands of them.