8 Disturbing Images of Instruments of Torture Used on Black People


torture mutilation


Captured Africans were often branded, dismembered, castrated and mutilated as forms of punishment. The image above was based on drawings by┬áJohn Gabriel Stedman, a young Dutchman who joined a military force against rebellions of the enslaved in a Dutch colony in the late 18th century. In his autobiographical work “Five Years’ Expedition, Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam,” he remembered: “In this case, the victim’s left hand was cut off before he died as additional punishment for theft and to serve as an example to others. This method of torture was intended to keep the victim alive long enough to endure extreme pain before his eventual death.”

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