Author: Nancy


Letter from Nancy to her children (September 17, 1824)

Nancy was an enslaved woman in Boone, Kentucky, who dictated this letter—presumably because she didn’t learn to write—to her unidentified enslaver requesting that it be sent to her former enslaver, Thomas Davis, so that he could deliver it to her children Ben Oliver and Milly in Orange County, Virginia. This letter powerfully illustrates the way slavery tore apart families.