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Reproduced with permission from University of Alabama Press.

Mobile Commercial Register, June 16, 1832

Frontispiece from Slavery in Alabama, by James Benson Sellers (University of Alabama Press, 1950).

A Runaway Slave

The symbolic depiction of the fugitive slave appeared regularly in newspapers from the early days. The runaway was generally represented by a man (more rarely a woman) who carried a bundle on his shoulder in which he had presumably put food and a change of clothes.

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Image ID: 1106774
Title: A runaway slave.
Source: Slavery in Alabama.
Name: Sellers, James Benson (1898-1964 ) - Author
Published: 1950
Location: General Research and Reference Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Subjects: African Americans
Alabama
Bundles of personal belongings
Fugitive slaves
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