9 Troubling Articles Of Slave Paraphernalia You May Not Know

Slave Tags 

These copper slave tags were used to identify slaves by number in South Carolina. Slave owners would hire out their slaves for the trades marked on their tags. The tags were put on slaves to keep track of them and to ensure they weren’t paying runaways or slaves trying to make money on their own, according to Human and Civil Rights: Essential Primary Sources.

ABS_Senegal_Gorée_Door of No Return

Maison des Esclaves (Slave House) — Goree Island, Senegal

The house was built in 1776 by the Dutch 41 years before they colonized Goree Island. The owner lived on the upper floor, while the enslaved people were held before being shipped across the Atlantic. The famous “Door of No Return” is still in its original state. The house is now a museum where tourists can visit.

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