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Stone slave auction block from Hagerstown, Maryland

Unidentifiedearly 19th century

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Washington, D.C., United States

A large gray carved marble Calc-silicate shist stone with a flattened top and bottom, squared back and sides, and a rounded front used as a slave auction block in Hagerstown, Maryland. A rectangular metal plaque is screwed to the top of the stone, with embossed text reading “GENERAL ANDREW JACKSON / AND HENRY CLAY / SPOKE FROM THIS SLAVE BLOCK / IN HAGERSTOWN / DURING THE YEAR 1830.”

Details

  • Title: Stone slave auction block from Hagerstown, Maryland
  • Creator: Unidentified
  • Date Created: early 19th century
  • Physical Dimensions: H x W x D: 14 1/2 × 28 1/2 × 41 1/4 in. (36.8 × 72.4 × 104.8 cm)
  • Subject Keywords: Domestic slave trade, Business
  • Medium: marble and metal

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