Opposite to the bar the poor negroes were marshaled into line; the men and boys uniformed with short sockets made of cottonade, pants of the same material, hickory shirts, black brogans, and tarpaulin hats. The women were all clad in common calicoes, and a common handkerchief tied around the head. All the slaves were labeled, a tag or card being tied to the breast of each, giving the same, age and number of the negro, as to correspond with the printed catalogue.
Description:An unknown Northern reporter gives his account of a New Orleans slave auction.
Rights: Public domain.