Original Author: David Hunter Strother, artist; J. W. Orr, engraver
Created: 1851 edition
Negroes at Mill
A pair of enslaved boys laze idly inside a gristmill—one lying atop a sack of grain, the other dressing up in an adult's coat—in this engraving published in John Pendleton Kennedy's novel Swallow Barn, or A Sojourn in the Old Dominion (1832). The novel presents a romantic evocation of the day-to-day life of slavery on a southern plantation.