Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Photograph Said to Be Taken During a Slave Auction in the Cheapside Area of Lexington, Kentucky (1862)
Photograph said to be taken during a slave auction in the Cheapside area of Lexington, Kentucky, c. 1861-1862. The man standing on a platform in the center waving his arms looks as though he is an auctioneer. The bovine in the left background might suggest that the photo actually depicts a livestock auction, although Cheapside was the location of a slave market in the period. Originally published in the book Slavery Times in Kentucky by John Winston Coleman.
Source: New York Public Library.