Thursday, June 16, 2011

Emancipated Slaves



Today's picture shows three emancipated slaves from New Orleans. You will recognize Isaac White on the left from Sunday's Picture. On the right is Augusta Broujey. In the middle is Mary Johnson. I have found the following information on Mary.


MARY JOHNSON was cook in her master's family in New Orleans. On her left arm are scars of three cuts given to her by her mistress with a rawhide. On her back are scars of more than fifty cuts given by her master. The occasion was that one morning she was half an hour behind time in bringing up his five o'clock cup of coffee. As the Union army approached she ran away from her master, and has since been employed by Colonel Hanks as cook.

8 comments:

  1. I hope things got better and better for Mary under Colonel Hanks' employment.

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  3. Haven't we come such a very long way?

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  4. Pope George RingoJune 16, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    The mulatto slaves that favored a "white" appearance---could they not have ran away without being detected by authorities?
    I understand how difficult it would have been for black slaves to go undetected but I just don't get why the white skinned ones stayed on.

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  5. Pope George, running away was not an option for most slaves. Most were in the deep south only new a mile or two of the area they lived in let alone how to get to freedom. IN reality very few slaves ever escaped, most the ran away returned or at least stayed in the area due to family concerns.

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  6. As "BS" said, very few escaped because they didn't know much of the area beyond their home. And very few freed slaves left the area because the locals knew they *were* free. If they went too far away, the law would want to see their papers, or they would be considered nothing more than escaped "livestock". And even if they presented their papers, a vicious-spirited sherriff could rip them up, and there you'd be, back in leg irons.

    Very seldom, a high mulatto and a black would leave together, with the mulatto acting as the master or mistress and the black continuing as a slave. Once they got to Baltimore or beyond, they would be safe. Baltimore had an odd system that allowed slaves to live in their own (rented by the master) homes, so escapees could pass freely without arousing undue attention.

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  7. I have found all of this week's postings to be particularly distressing. Not the most humane era of our history was it.

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  8. Remarkable photo as have the other slave photos been. Thanks so much for these. Your blog is really worth the work you're putting into it. You are teaching us so much. Please keep it going. Chas

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