Mill-boys Racing
Original Author: David Hunter Strother, artist; J. W. Orr, engraver
Created: 1851 edition
Medium: Engraving

Mill-boys Racing

A pair of enslaved boys race one another on horseback in this engraving published in John Pendleton Kennedy's Swallow Barn, or A Sojourn in the Old Dominion (1832), a romantic evocation of the day-to-day life of slavery on a southern plantation. The author describes enslaved boys in the gristmill as having a rather carefree existence, and, at one point he refers to them as "monkeys."