Leather, wood, and iron paddle to discipline tobacco workers
Original Author: Unknown
Created: ca. 1855
Medium: Flogger of wood, leather, and iron

Disciplinary Paddle

This paddle made of leather, wood, and iron was known as a flogger and was used to intimidate and discipline workers at the warehouse on E. Franklin Street in Richmond that was owned by the Turpin and Yarborough Tobacco Company. Tobacco manufacturers in Richmond made extensive use of hired enslaved males in the creation of their products. An extant document also indicates that between 1851 and 1860 the Turpin and Yarborough Tobacco Company purchased 71 people for their workforce.

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