DIGITAL: Databases of Runaway Slave Advertisements

A round-up of databases of runaway slave advertisements shared by Jessica Marie Johnson on Twitter. List (with additions from Twitters users) below the fold:

“First: Kudos to who compiled this list of sites collecting runaway ads – On the lives of fugitives: Runaway slave advertisement databases | HASTAC.Thank you for bringing these (several I’ve used for over a decade) into one place.”

The List (last updated 2018 April 20)

Several Twitterstorians chimed in to add their additions and corrections:

Are we missing any? Add more in the comments.

Image Reference
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-62797
Reward of $ 200 for the return of a runaway family of 5; the father, mother, and 3 children. //$200 Reward. Ranway from the subscriber, on the night of Thursday, the 30th of September. FIVE NEGRO SLAVES, To-wit: one Negro man, his wife, and three children…” St. Louis, October 1, 1847 as shown on, compiled by Jerome Handler and Michael Tuite, and sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library. (Click image for details)

EDIT: Still adding –


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