Slave trader
Original Author: Lewis Miller
Created: Mid-nineteenth century
Medium: Watercolor and ink on paper
Publisher: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Slave trader, Sold to Tennessee

In a page from Lewis Miller's Sketchbook of Landscapes in the State of Virginia, two white men on horseback lead a group of twenty enslaved men, women, and children who are being forced to walk barefoot to Tennessee. The slaves had been purchased in Staunton, Augusta County. Writing on the page, the artist noted that the sight of such forced marches was "commonly in this State, with the negro's in droves Sold."