Author: Joseph C. Moore


Ship manifest detailing the transport of 92 enslaved persons (October 30, 1833)

This ship manifest for the brig Uncas, dated October 30, 1833, lists the ninety-two enslaved men, women, and children who were being forcibly transported from Alexandria to New Orleans by the slave-trading company Franklin and Armfield. The age, height, and “colour” of each person is noted next to his or her name. The varying skin tones were described as black, copper, or yellow, indicating that some of the people were mixed race. The ages ranged from nine months to forty years old, but the majority were in their teens or twenties. This manifest, like some other records of enslaved people, and unlike bills of sales and fugitive ads, includes last names.