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Unidentified Man or Men  Search this
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Issued by:
Anderson Doniphan, American  Search this
Joseph Frazee, American  Search this
John D. Morford, American  Search this
ink on paper (fiber product)
H x W: 10 1/2 x 7 5/8 in. (26.7 x 19.4 cm)
Place depicted:
Germantown, Mason County, Kentucky, United States, North and Central America
January 20, 1840
A broadside with printed black text on off-white paper. Large, bold text at the top reads [$1000 / REWARD!] Followed by smaller text reading [RAN AWAY from the subscribers on the night of the 5th inst. a NEGRO MAN named / George, / aged 22 or 23 years, 5 feet 7 or 8 inches in height] and goes on to describe his appearance and possible clothing, which includes [a green frock cloth coat, with a black velvet collar, a low-crowned white silk hat]. The text then continues on to describe [one negro BOY, aged 25 or twenty-six years; named / Jefferson], as well as [One negro girl named ESTHER (nicknamed Puss,) aged 17 or 18, black, tall, slim and regularly proportioned, - diffident and serious, embarrassed hen addressed, and at the same time picks or plays with fingers.] who is the sister of George, and [a girl named AMANDA, aged 15 or 16, a dark copper colored mulatto, thick and heavy set, 5 ft. 4 inches high, has a sullen and impudent look, a large head of hair, and a green lincy dress.] The text goes on to give the terms of the reward, which promised $300 for either George or Jefferson and $200 for either Esther or Amanda. At bottom left is [Germantown, Mason Co. Ky. / 20th January, 1840] and at bottom right are the names of the posters: [ANDERSON DONIPHAN / JOSEPH FRAZEE / JOHN D. MORFORD]. There is considerable loss at the bottom right corner of the page.
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African American  Search this
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Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from the Liljenquist Family Collection
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Public Domain
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Collection title:
Liljenquist Family Collection
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Slavery and Freedom
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NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 3, C3 053
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National Museum of African American History and Culture